Sport and leisure

Ullapool jetty
Name of organisation/business: 
Ullapool Harbour Trust
£100,000 from Highland and Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)

A further 30 events have been announced as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

The Themed Year will see a wide variety of events take place right across the country -- from coastal-inspired opera to a seaweed festival!

Events supported through round two of the Year of Coasts and Waters event fund include:

Scottish Field magazine have recently announced that the favourite farmer comedian will take to the stage to host their Scottish Rural Awards 2020.

The black-tie awards ceremony will be held on 2nd April 2020 at the Glasgow Hilton.

This year's Stranraer Oyster Festival has been hailed a 'phenomenal success' by organisers.

Attendance at the event was up 25% on last year, with around 17-18,000 people thought to have attended the three-day event.

The community-run festival is organised by the Stranraer Development Trust and takes place next to Loch Ryan, which contains Scotland's last remaining wild, native oyster fishery.

A project to redevelop the Johnston School in Kirkcudbright is now getting underway, following the formal appointment of a contractor.

The exciting project will convert the empty and unused site into a multi-use building, including the conversion of the former gymnasium into a Dark Skies Visitor Centre.

To celebrate funders and project leaders met at the site this week, with Galloway Glens Administrator Jude Crooks boldly donning a spacesuit on loan from the Glasgow Science Centre.

A new exhibition telling the story of the Cairngorms has been opened by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing. 

'The Cairngorm Story' is Cairngorm Mountain's newest visitor attraction, located at the base station of the mountain. 

The exhibition tells the story of the Cairngorms -- its wildlife, mountains, unique natural environment -- and highlights the achievements of mountaineers, Olympians, photographers, writers and artists from the area.

A new passport for the 134-mile John Muir Way has been launched to coincide with the route's fifth anniversary.

Walkers and cyclers undertaking the John Muir Way can not get the official passport stamped at 'Stamping Stations' along the route, which has been split into ten sections to complete.

Stranraer proved itself to be a world-class venue for watersports as the veue for the SkiffieWorlds 2019. 

The St Ayles skiff coastal rowing world championship brought a footfall of around 30,000 people to Stranraer, with 55 community-built boats and 700 crews of coastal rowers taking part in the event. Crews came from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Canada, Tasmania, the USA and mainland Europe for the week-long event.

Visitors can discover the story of Scotland's first Formula One World Champion at a new museum in the Scottish Borders.

The Jim Clark Motorsports Museum in Duns has opened to the public today (11 July 2019). The museum, operated by Live Borders, includes two of Jim Clark’s race cars, new image galleries, film footage, interactive displays and a simulator. There is also expanded exhibition space showcasing memorabilia and the trophy collection.

Teams from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles are set to compete in the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar kicking off this weekend.

Hundreds of athletes from Scotland's islands are heading out to compete in The Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games XVIII. The Games will be held from Saturday 6 to Friday 12 July 2019. Organisers expect around 3,000 participants, officials and media to attend the event.