The Oban Times - - Districts -

IN­VER­ARAY Cas­tle wel­comed its 100,000th vis­i­tor for the 2016 sea­son, be­fore it even fin­ished on Oc­to­ber 31

he Duke of Ar­gyll and his family, along with the rest of the cas­tle staff, wel­comed John and Anne But­ter­worth from Bolton as the 100,000th vis­i­tor through the door.

The Duke ex­pressed his de­light at the huge rise in vis­i­tor num­bers, which is a mas­sive in­crease on last year’s num­bers. ‘Not only is this ex­cel­lent news for the cas­tle and the rest of In­ver­aray,’ he said, ‘it is also in­dica­tive of how pop­u­lar Ar­gyll has be­come as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for both overseas and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors.’ CHAIR­MAN Niall Iain MacLean wel­comed a near ca­pac­ity crowd to the first meet­ing of the sea­son of In­ver­aray and Dis­trict Ac­cor­dion and Fid­dle Club in the In­ver­aray Inn on Oc­to­ber 12.

Sup­port­ing play­ers were Fyne Folk with Sally Hall, Jake MacKay and Alex John Ma­cLeod on fid­dles and Agnes Lid­dell on key­board. Also giv­ing a tune were Colin Sut­cliffe on melodeon, Char­lie Soane on fid­dle, new­comer to In­ver­aray Alison Di­a­mond, also on fid­dle, ac­com­pa­nied by Jimmy Mac­Don­ald on key­board, Pat Slat­tery on fid­dle, Jake MacKay and Agnes Lid­dell on ‘moothie’ and key­board, play­ing some of the tracks from Jake’s re­cently re­leased CD One Man and his Moothie.

Guest artistes were the Nicky McMichan Trio with Nicky on lead ac­cor­dion, Mar­tainn Skene on se­cond box and Wul­lie Scott on drums. They en­ter­tained with a fine va­ri­ety of sets, with pipe marches their most pop­u­lar choice, which was well suited to the West Coast, with Nicky and Mar­tainn swapping first and se­cond box from time to time.

A vote of thanks was given to all the play­ers for get­ting the club off to such a good start.

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