14-08-12 The Carradale Goat one million hits
The website received its one million view today.

[The Carradale Goat]This now well know local website (The Carradale Goat) has been on the go now for 8 years this month.Originally set up by Gary Sutherland back in 2004 and with Gary and family moving on to a new abode the website was taken onboard by myself.
Coming up on 4 years of running the site we have today reached the one millionth viewer,a great support received from the local's,visitor's and ex pats's who log on.On average around 1500 hits per week and sitting 9th on The Scottish Top Site Directory just shows it's popularity.You have to excuse me now and again if I do not update the site daily ( which does take time to organise) or may forget to post your blog but work and other committments comes first,and then the enjoyment of sitting down to check all I have to post.
Hopefull to continue running for many years to come and your help would be appreciated by sending any news/photo items to me as some times i have to scour the notice boards or bus shelters. Send them to my e-mail address which is on the home page.

Gary's first post: RNLI Fundraising in Carradale 20-08-04

A very pleasant day was had by all in Carradale Harbour this weekend as the village hosted this year's annual fun day in aid of the RNLI. The local fire engine turned-out, as did the Coastguard, and there were assorted games and refreshments to be had.

The stars of the show, however, were the lifeboats who called in at the harbour for visitors to tour the boats.

The RNLB Ernest & Mary Shaw 17-19 is based at Campbeltown and was expected but the RNLB Dora Foster McDougall 14-24 was a surprise visitor. She was en route from the Isle of Man where she had been serving as a relief boat and just happened to meet the Campbeltown lifeboat en-route for Carradale. (Pictures in the gallery section.)

All in all an excellent day with even the sun putting in an appearance.

My first post: Bon Voyage 09-10-08
Best wishes to Gary and family.
As Gary mentioned the site has been taken over and some of you will know me but, for those who do not I am Johnny Durnan, married to Eila (nee McAffer) and have lived in Carradale for over 34years.
I have been posting to varies websites over the years namely Geograph and Kintyre Forum under my own name and alias jdcarra.
This is a big challenge for me not having the expertise that Gary has and I nearly had second thoughts after yesterdays trial of the site.I shall do my best to keep the site up and running, but please bear with me as i am only learning to upload information, clips and posts. Hopfully once I get into the swing of it everything should be ok.As Gary has closed down his webcam I shall be looking into purchasing one for the site and with a new view. The shiplotter will close but then again i may look for a receiver for the site.Your help would be appreciated with any info on events,meetings and please keep sending in your photos.....Many Thanks.

Comments re: The Carradale Goat
15th August 2012
Many congratulations to you with your excellent site achieving such an outstanding milestone.People like myself who love Carradale but who do not get the opportunity to visit as often as we would like, rely on sites such as The Carradale Goat to keep us informed of all the goings on in and around the village. Please keep up the good work - it is really appreciated I can assure you.
Kind Regards
Ian A.L.Walker

Congratulations for the success of the Goat and thanks for your dedication to keeping it going. As a long-ago resident of Carradale, it is my first read every morning.
James & Karen McMillan

Congratulation on the milestone of a million hits. The Goat is a great source of information for locals and visitors with news & views from Carradale. Keep up the good work..
Colin Burgess
Carradale House

17th August 2012
Well done Johnny for keeping this quite excellent site going. A great source of information for those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up in such a wonderful place among such wonderful people but who, for whatever reason, moved away.
Bert MacBrayne

Johnny, keep up the good work! After 75 years of Carradale holidays its hard to think of fewer visits now that my wife has gone but I certainly intend to be there when I can. The welcome I received from my Carradale friends on my brief visit this year was overwhelming. Dont know what Id do without the Goat.
Cheers Donald Milne.

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