Ar­rive in style at Mid Ar­gyll show­ground

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

An out­stand­ing eques­trian spec­ta­cle will wind its way between Kil­martin and the an­nual Mid Ar­gyll Show in Lochgilp­head.

Car­riages from all over Scot­land will make the eight-mile or so jour­ney between Kil­martin along the main route to the show field- and spec­ta­tors are in­vited to line the route to see what is a unique sight.

The idea for the event came from a con­ver­sa­tion between the or­gan­is­ers of the Mid Ar­gyll Agri­cul­tural Show and Ewan Mac- Innes , an en­thu­si­as­tic

car­riage driver now based on Dee­side but for­merly from Lochgilp­head.

Ewan will be car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers from Kil­martin to the Show­ground in Lochgilp­head on the day of the show Satur­day Au­gust 12.

He will be joined by fel­low en­thu­si­asts from other re­gions in Scot­land with their car­riages and teams of horses.

Tim Lis­ter the Mid Ar­gyll Show pres­i­dent said: ‘This should be a spec­tac­u­lar oc­ca­sion and pro­vide a glimpse back into pub­lic trans­port in Ar­gyll from more than 100 years ago.

‘As one of our com­mit­tee mem­bers joked – “you wait 100 years for a car­riage and then three or four go past at the same time!”

‘There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the car­riages on route as the horses leave Kil­martin about 11 with a pit­stop in Bridgend about mid­day, and through Lochgilp­head ar­riv­ing at the show about one o’clock.

The car­riages and horses will stay on the show site of­fer­ing visi­tors a chance to see the horses and car­riages close up.

To help cover the con­sid­er­able costs of trans­port­ing car­riages and horses to Mid Ar­gyll , tick­ets are be­ing sold to make the jour­ney as a pas­sen­ger on the car­riages and can be ob­tained via email coachrun@ mail. com or by tele­phon­ing Tim Lis­ter on 01546605239.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the Mid Ar­gyll Show web­site and Face­book page.

Kil­martin to Lochgilp­head car­riage ride tick­ets are on sale.

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