Easter week­end fun in Lochaber

The Oban Times - - News - KATIE CARA­BINE kcara­bine@oban­times.co.uk

SPRING was in the air last week­end as var­i­ous groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions held Easter events for young­sters and the young at heart.

Lochaber Coun­try­side Rangers held an Easter Fam­ily Fun Day on Satur­day April 15.

Rangers Fiona MacLean and Michelle Melville, along with Louise Feld­wick from Ne­vis Land­scape Part­ner­ship, hosted a va­ri­ety of games, craft ac­tiv­i­ties and an Easter Rid­dle Hunt.

Around 60 chil­dren came along to the vis­i­tor cen­tre in Glen Ne­vis and played gi­ant ker­plunk, took part in egg and spoon races and made shav­ing foam mar­bled eggs, hatch­ing chicks, pop-up bun­nies and chicks, bunny ear plates and pa­per daf­fodils.

Ms MacLean said: ‘It’s been pretty busy con­sid­er­ing the change­able weather. The chil­dren solved a rid­dle to find pic­tures of eggs which all had let­ters that spelled out a word.

‘They had lots of fun and some even came back say­ing they had seen Philip Schofield while they were hunt­ing.’

For in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing events by the rangers, visit the new High­land Coun­cil Coun­try­side Rangers new Face­book page, which is an amal­ga­ma­tion of all the coun­cil’s ranger ser­vices.

The Moor­ings Ho­tel also held a fam­ily fun day on Satur­day, with face paint­ing, Easter games, Easter colour­ing in and an Easter Egg hunt.

Eilidh Innes, one of the or­gan­is­ers, said: ‘The chil­dren paid £1 to hunt the eggs and they all got an Easter egg at the end. Around 50 turned up and they seemed to en­joy it. The face paint­ing has gone down well.’

Also on Satur­day, Dun­cans­burgh Mac­in­tosh Church held a soup and sand­wich lunch in the New Hall, of­fer­ing a choice of soups and sand­wiches, tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits.

Rev Morag Muir­head said: ' We had be­tween 30 and 40 peo­ple on Satur­day and we made just over £120.

‘We hold soup lunches through­out June, July and Au­gust each year and we be­gin this year on Satur­day June 3 at noon.

‘Ev­ery­one is wel­come. We look for­ward to see­ing you all through the sum­mer.’

Ne­vis Range had its Easter Event on Easter Sun­day (April 16) when free hard boiled eggs were avail­able from the Snow­goose Restau­rant and Bar for rolling down the slopes.

There was also a choco­late egg hunt, face paint­ing and badge mak­ing.

Heather Ne­gus, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Ne­vis Range, said: ‘ We were de­lighted that over the long Easter week­end we had more than 5,000 vis­i­tors take the trip up the moun­tain gon­dola.

‘The moun­tain bike trails and the high ropes cour­ses in Leanachan For­est were open too.

Glen­coe Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and Glen­finnan Vis­i­tor Cen­tre held the Cad­bury Easter Egg Trail over Easter week­end.

A spokesper­son for Glen­coe vis­i­tor cen­tre said: ‘All Na­tional Trust and Na­tional Trust for Scot­land cen­tres take part. It’s a self-guided trail with four dif­fer­ent lev­els of clues de­pend­ing on age group. All the chil­dren get a choco­late bunny. We’ve also had face paint­ing.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Glen Ne­vis Ranger Michelle Melville helps Joseph, 6, and Thomas, 4, San­ders find a clue in Sun­day’s Easter Egg hunt around the vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Pho­to­graph Iain Fergsuon, The Write Im­age.

Iona Stir­rup helped paint young­sters’ faces with an Easter-themed an­i­mal, as well as dec­o­rat­ing hard boiled eggs at what must have been the high­est Easter cel­e­bra­tion in the coun­try at the Ne­vis Range top sta­tion.

Pho­to­graph Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Lucky young egg hunters, left to right, Kai Ter­es­sider and friends Fer­gus, So­phie and Mia Reid af­ter search­ing the gar­dens of the Moor­ings Ho­tel for choco­late good­ies.

Dun­cans­burgh Mac­in­tosh church had a soup and sand­wich lunch on Satur­day.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Bax­ter on the Glen­coe Easter egg hunt with his fam­ily.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Miles Attwood, 3, from Lon­don, gets his face painted at the Glen­coe Easter event.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Left to right: Wil­liam, 11, and Amy, 8, Penny from Peter­head at the Glen­coe vis­i­tor cen­tre easter egg hunt.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Left to right: Nancy, 11, and Rory, 8, Carr from In­ver­ness all smiles at the Glen­coe easter egg hunt.

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