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Police are appealing for witnesses after a young woman tragically lost her life on a Cowal Road yesterday.

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Triathlon fever hits Dunoon

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They swam, they cycled, they ran and not even a drop of rain could dampen their spirits.

Who? The 80 or so triathletes - as they can now call themselves - who took part of Dunoon Presents’ first ever triathlon.

It was all smiles for Katrina Philips, pictured, as she crossed the line in 37th place, but few were that interested in their placing, it was all about the taking part and proving you could do it.

The entry level event attracted local runners and riders as well as those from further afield and the intention was to have fun.


More pics in Friday's Dunoon Observer

Cyclist injured at Dunoon triathlon

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A 26-year-old taking part in his first triathlon was taken to hosputal earlier today after an accident at the roundabout near to Dunoon's Queen's Hall.


Just about to complete the cycle part of the triathlon, the Glasgow man was knocked off his bike at about 12.30pm by a silver VW Polo driven by a  75-year-old local man.


A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "The cyclist was taken to Dunoon hosptial but had no iserious njuries and received no treatment, and was discharged later in the day."


The road was closed and traffic diverted for over one hour.



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2017 marks the 70th year since PS Waverley’s maiden voyage.

Named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, the ship was built for the London & North Eastern Railway to replace the paddle steamer, HMS Waverley, which was sunk on May 29 1940 whilst evacuating troops from Dunkirk.


Launched on October 2, 1946 from the former A&J Inglis yard in Glasgow, she was later towed to Greenock where her triple expansion engines were fitted by Rankin & Blackmore. These have now become one of the ship’s major attractions.


Sailings from Dunoon aboard the Waverley - the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer - start on the May Bank Holiday weekend.


On Friday May 26, passengers can sail amid the dramatic mountain scenery of one of the Clyde ‘Fjords’ - Loch Long.

On Saturday May 27, passengers can either sail to Rothesay or steam through the world famous Kyles of Bute to visit Tighnabruaich and on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29 there’s another chance to visit to Rothesay.


The Waverley’s summer sailings from Dunoon begin on Saturday June 17.


Ross Cochrane, Waverley’s Captain said: "Waverley is a very special ship full of history and charm there is a trip for everyone, places to be explored and enjoyed for both young and old. Every passenger who comes aboard helps this beautiful ship continue to sail and I would encourage everyone to come and enjoy a trip on her. Some of the most stunning scenery in the world can be found on the West Coast of Scotland and Waverley offers a unique way to experience it. I look forward to welcoming new and old friends onboard."


Waverley has a restaurant serving hot and cold snacks, two bars, heated lounges and a souvenir shop. Fares start at £21 for adults and there are discounts for Senior Citizens, Children under 18 half fare and under 5s travel free.


Sailing memberships for unlimited sailings aboard Waverley in the Clyde can be purchased from £350.

To book tickets or for more information visit or purchase tickets from Dunoon Tourist Information Centre.

New roles for Cowal and Dunoon councillors

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New Cowal ward councillor Yvonne McNeilly is to be policy lead for education, as well as being chair of the community services committee, it was announced yesterday, Thursday May 18, at the first full meeting of Argyll and Bute Council.

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New blood fails to make changes

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Day one of the newly elected Argyll and Bute Council saw decisions being taken to reduce the power of area committees, despite community empowerment and more, not less, decision making at local level being one of the main issues raised at hustings, certainly in Cowal and Bute.

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