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The Oban Times - - Letters -

NEWS that Oban is the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive sea­side re­sort in Bri­tain for overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion at­tracted a big re­sponse from read­ers.

John Kerr wrote: ‘I have al­ways said Oban house and ren­tal prices were far, far too ex­pen­sive com­pared with the rest of the coun­try and was told I was wrong. Stupid thing is that I can af­ford to live and work in and around Lon­don but not at home in Oban.’

James Strang posted: ‘Im go­ing by per­sonal dis­cus­sion with peo­ple I’ve met but most pre­fer bed and break­fasts in the town as they are much nicer and more rea­son­able in price and not 100 plus years old.’

Wil­lie MacDon­ald said: ‘The new ho­tel be­ing built might force the hote­liers to start charg­ing re­al­is­tic prices, just like Wether­spoons did for the pubs.’

Chris­tine Houghton ex­plained: ‘ We come up early May and then Novem­ber as we can’t af­ford sum­mer prices.’

Ross McNab lamented: ‘Oban costs a bomb. Not just for the tourists. Like men­tioned above, the house prices and rent in Oban are ridicu­lously high.’

Ish­bell Stra­chan dis­agreed: ‘I think this is very harsh on B&Bs who charge a very rea­son­able rate for their rooms. I per­son­ally at Sgeirmhaol charge £ 65 for a dou­ble room with en-suite and free in­ter­net. We are room only and can’t keep up with the de­mand.’

Wil­lie Reid sug­gested: ‘ The thing I’ve no­ticed is the in­creas­ing num­ber of camper vans park­ing at At­lantis Leisure and Lochavullin, tak­ing their own food, fuel and sun­dries with them. Maybe this re­port ex­plains why?’

Robert Sem­ple wrote: ‘I travel the West Coast and is­lands reg­u­larly and find Oban good value. I would use the B&Bs at the top of the town. I don’t think this guide is re­flec­tive of what you can get. A few years ago you could get a ho­tel in Glas­gow for £ 50 a night but since the Com­mon­wealth Games dou­ble it.’

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