Lochgilphead


Lochgilphead

Infobox UK place
official_name= Lochgilphead
gaelic_name= Ceann Loch Gilb
country= Scotland
population= 3,000
os_grid_reference= NR8688
latitude= 56.04
longitude= -5.44
post_town= LOCHGILPHEAD
postcode_area= PA
postcode_district= PA30 - 31
dial_code= 01546
constituency_westminster= Argyll and Bute
unitary_scotland= Argyll and Bute
lieutenancy_scotland= Argyll and Bute
constituency_scottish_parliament= Argyll and Bute
static_

static_image_caption=Lochgilphead

Lochgilphead (Scottish Gaelic "Ceann Loch Gilb," pronounced|kʲan̴̪ ɫ̪ɔx ˈg̊ilib̥) is a town and former burgh in Scotland, with a population of around 3,000 people. It is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute. The town lies at the end of Loch Gilp (itself a branch of Loch Fyne) and lies on the banks of the Crinan Canal.

The council is based at Kilmory Castle, around which is located a woodland park and an Iron Age fort. The Forestry Commission also have an office there.

Lochgilphead's facilities include a swimming pool, sports centre, three banks, supermarket, Renault dealership, a community hospital run by the local GPs, psychiatric hospital, 9-hole golf course, a hydrotherapy pool, a regional landfill site at Dunchologan and Lochgilphead High School.

The town is home to shinty team Kilmory Camanachd and football team, Lochgilphead Red Star.

History

As a planned settlement, Lochgilphead was created in 1790 shortly after the completion of a road from Inveraray to Campbeltown. After the completion of the Crinan Canal in 1801 the town became more important as a link across the Kintyre peninsula.

Claims to fame

* In July 1982, Lochgilphead competed against teams from Perth and Oban in the then highly popular BBC Television children's series "It's a Knockout", presented by Stuart Hall. The town's team won their round and later competed in the international version of the series, 'Jeux Sans Frontieres', which was recorded in Switzerland.
* In the World War Two movie, "633 Squadron" (1964, directed Walter Grauman), Lochgilphead's main street features for a brief second in an aerial shot, as the bombers of 633 Squadron fly over the "unnamed" town en route to the bombing target in Norway.
* The Argyll Turbo GT sportscar was built by Bob Henderson in Manse Brae.
* The singer Sydney MacEwan had built, and was for a time parish priest of, the R.C. church in the town.

External links

* http://www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk - The Argyllshire Advertiser for Lochgilphead and Mid Argyll news
* http://www.jsfnet.co.uk/series_1982.htm - It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières 1982 history


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