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In what year did liveArgyll launch as a charity?

2017. liveArgyll is a charitable trust, set up by Argyll and Bute Council in 2017 to deliver leisure and library services for our Argyll and Bute communities. We are responsible for services including libraries, leisure facilities, Active Schools, archives, museum, sport development, halls, community centres and community lets. As a charity, we are always looking at ways to improve our offer and ensure that our communities and visitors lead richer and more active lives. #BeInspiredBeYou

True or false Argyll and Bute has 23 inhabited islands

True. There are 23 inhabited islands in Argyll and Bute (Census 2011). These are: Bute; Coll; Colonsay; Danna; Easdale; Eilean da Mheinn; Erraid; Gigha; Gometra; Inchtavannach; Innischonan; Iona; Islay; Jura; Kerrera; Lismore; Luing; Mull; Oronsay; Seil; Shuna (Luing); Tiree; Ulva.

Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative Ltd (AITC) is the strategic Destination Management Organisation for Argyll & The Isles on the West Coast of Scotland.  AITC was formed in 2012 as a cooperative with its membership being the local marketing and sectoral groups – representing in the region of 1200 business interests. AITC is supported by bodies such as VisitScotland, Argyll and Bute Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Calmac Ferries and responsible for the delivery of campaigns including Wild About Argyll, Heart and Soul of Scotland, and leading on West Coast Waters.

How many staff does liveArgyll employ from within the local Argyll and Bute area?

200. Managing and running our wide range of services and facilities takes a large number of dedicated staff. LiveArgyll is proud to be a “Living Wage” employer, and we are delighted to employ so many people from Argyll and Bute.

Where in Argyll were the Ancient Kings of Scotland crowned?

Dunadd was the royal centre of the kingdom of Dál Riata, whose kings became the Kings of Scotland and whose people, the Gaels, gave Scotland its name and Gaelic culture. Dunadd is a spectacular site to visit and traces of its Dark Age splendour can still be found.

liveArgyll has a museum in Campbeltown, but when did it open?

1899, the museum is within the Burnett Building, kindly donated by local businessman James Macalister Hall, who’s family now produce Kintyre Gin.

What is currently the most popular leisure class across liveArgyll’s facilities?

Indoor Cyclying, liveArgyll has a wide range of fitness classes available at our facilities. There is something for all ages and all abilities. Our friendly, and highly trained staff are there to support new customers and existing members, and are always keen to welcome new participants to their sessions.

We have many ferry routes within Argyll and Bute but what’s the busiest one?

The Gourock to Dunoon route is operated by Western Ferries which carried 1,341,000 passengers in 2017. There were 608,000 cars carried on this route and 37,600 commercial vehicles and buses in 2017 (Scottish Transport Statistics 2018).

True or false liveArgyll have fitness instructors with specialist training to help people affected by cancer to stay active?

True. As part of our partnership with MacMillan Cancer Support Charity, we have trained up staff to be able to put specialist training programmes together, for those who are affected by cancer. We work with our customers to find a programme that works for them, in order to help them stay active.Not only have we trained up leisure staff to support people affected by cancer, our partnership with Macmillan also links in with our libraries. You can find information points in all of our libraries, with information on how else we can support you, and who else we can link with to help support you.

How many people currently volunteer with liveArgyll?

800. liveArgyll’s volunteer programme which was launched last year has seen the number of people volunteering for liveArgyll grow. Our volunteers support many areas of our charity, including our Archive service, in our Halls and Libraries, with our Macmillan Cancer Support Programme and with Active Schools.

How many miles of road are there within Argyll and Bute?

1,617 miles. One of Argyll and Bute’s roads is famed for giving Sir Paul McCartney inspiration for the Beatles song “The Long and Winding Road”. McCartney recalls about when he wrote the song: “I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration.”

liveArgyll supports all schools across Argyll and Bute to ensure that young people have more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before, during lunchtime and after school. How many young people were involved in extracurricular clubs last year?

5,499. The active schools team work with 83 Primaries, 10 secondary’s and 1 Additional Support Needs School – all of the schools in Argyll and Bute. By working in partnership with fantastic schools, clubs, local and organisations, we work to improve opportunities for our communities.

In our halls, we offer a wide range of events and concerts. Over the years, a number of high profile bands have played in our venues. Which band below has not played in one of our halls?

The Who. In our halls, as well as our large events programme, we host a number of community events ranging for family celebrations, weddings, conferences and local shows. For further information, please see our website or email

Our library service is free to join for all residents of Argyll and Bute. Your membership includes access to our online eBook service called BorrowBox. Once registered, what 4 digit number do you use to access the app?

The last four digits of your membership card. We have an exciting, innovating collection with a huge rang of top titles available in eAudiobook and eBook format. To sign up to Barrow Box, please visit

In which liveArgyll facility could you see one of the original John Logie Baird television sets on display?

John Logie Baird was born in 1888 in Helensburgh. He is famed for demonstrating the first working television in 1926. Helensburgh Library is home to the JLB Hub, which is a communal work space for small businesses to utilise. Our hub users have access to all of the necessary facilities which a small modern business would require.

liveArgyll supports sports Hubs in various locations across Argyll and Bute…can you name them all?

Bute, Cowal, Oban, Islay & Jura, Tiree. Community Sport Hubs provide a home for sport. They bring together essentially a collective of progressive sport clubs and key local partners who want to grow and develop sport in the community at all levels.

The LiveArgyll logo is made up of the ‘Cup and Rings’ stone markings. Where in Argyll can the largest concentration of these markings be found?

Kilmartin Glen has “a remarkable concentration of some of the most impressive cup and ring decorated rock surfaces in Scotland” The purpose, and even the precise date, of cup and ring marks is uncertain.

liveArgyll has community centres in Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Rothesay and Campbeltown which all share a past use – what were they all originally built as?

Our community centres are used by a wide range of local groups and activities. The original use of primary schools, means we have various sizes of rooms which can be booked for meetings, events, gatherings etc.

Last year, for how many hours did local community groups let LiveArgyll’s school facilities?

8,737. As well as the community centres, we have facilities in school buildings which can be let from LiveArgyll. Rooms, Halls and pitches are all available for community use. For further information, please see our website or email

True or False – Can you use all the leisure facilities run by LiveArgyll with your Leisure Membership?

True. All of our LiveArgyll leisure facilities and services can be accessed with your leisure card. Not only do you get access to all of our leisure facilities and fitness classes, but you are also able to use our partner facilities across Scotland, through the leisurelink scheme.

When the Helensburgh Advertiser was first published in 1957, it was the first newspaper dedicated specifically to the Helensburgh and Lomond area: true or false?

False. Today’s Helensburgh Advertiser is actually the second newspaper of that name. The first was a free newspaper, and was first published in 1891, with nothing but adverts on the front page. The modern-day version of the Advertiser was launched in 1957 as competition to another local paper, the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times. The Times was turned into a free newspaper in the mid-1970s and closed down soon after.

What was the name of Western Ferries’ first Gourock to Dunoon ferry?

The correct answer is the Sound of Shuna. Western Ferries has been carrying passengers on the Dunoon to Gourock crossing since 1973. It has a fleet of 4 modern roll on roll off passenger and vehicle ferries and runs 32,000 regular and frequent sailings early morning to late at night 365 days a year.

Argyll and Bute Council promotes the area as a great place to live, work and visit. What is the hashtag that the Council, and a growing number of members of the public, use to promote the area on social media channels?

#abplace2b. The council and supporters of Argyll and Bute are using this hashtag to help attract skills, jobs and visitors to the area. The council’s Instagram account is already the most followed council site in Scotland, and #abplace2b is appearing across other social media channels. Help promote what’s great about the area by using #abplace2b.

How many west coast ports and harbours does ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne serve?

The answer is 53. CalMac is the UK’s largest ferry and harbour operator. Last year their 33-strong fleet carried more than 5.6 million passengers and 1.4 million vehicles to west coast islands and remote mainland locations across a 200 mile stretch of coastland from Campbeltown to Stornoway.

Which of these does Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface NOT help the third sector (charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations) with?

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface do not undertake Community Development activities, which are carried out by Argyll and Bute Council. The Argyll and Bute TSI is a charity that is working towards supporting resilient and empowered communities creating a stronger, fairer and more equitable Argyll and Bute with a thriving third sector at its heart. For further information visit

How many constituted shinty clubs are there in Argyll and Bute?

15. There are 10 senior male – Oban Celtic, Oban Camanachd, Taynuilt, Glenorchy, Inveraray, Kilmory, Strachur, Col Glen, Kyles, Bute. Three senior female – Oban Lorn, Dunadd, Cowal and Bute Ladies. Finally there are two junior clubs – Taynuilt juniors, Dunoon Juniors.

In 1999 Kingussie was the venue for the Camanachd Cup Final, they are scheduled to host the Camanachd Final in 2020. Other than the 3 regular venues of Oban, Fort William and Inverness name the two other venues to have hosted the final within this period of time?

Glasgow and Dunoon.

In what year did Oban Lorne’s Magnus Bradbury make his professional Edinburgh rugby debut?

2014. Previously of Oban High School, Magnus played for Scotland under-20 throughout 2014/15. He scored his first Scotland try in the national team’s 48-10 win over Canada in Edmonton on the 2018 summer tour, before doubling his tour tally a fortnight later, in Scotland’s 44-15 win over Argentina. He featured at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, playing in three of Scotland’s Pool matches.

How long has the Helensburgh Community Advertiser magazine been running?

15. Every month their magazines are packed with local articles, features, reviews, events, interviews and much more. 13,000 circulation copies and 45,500 potential readers in Helensburgh & Lomond.

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest to drink no more than:

14 units of alcohol per week. The Health and Improvement Team is responsible for a wide range of health promotion and the prevention of ill health in Argyll and Bute. We work in partnership with many agencies including liveArgyll to support and empower individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices. For further information visit

How many Bookbug bags does a child get in their life?

4.Bookbug gives every child in Scotland four free Bookbug Bags between birth and age five. Each bag contains picture books and other fun items suited to your child’s age for families to enjoy together and help children develop a love of stories, songs and rhymes.

Which country singer has a song on the Bookbug app?

Scottish Book Trust is very proud to be a partner of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Every child enrolled in the programme is able to build up their own personal library of up to 60 books, improving their literacy, speech and creative thinking skills, and encouraging their parents and carers to read with them.

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