Fes­ti­val Fáilte!

We are de­lighted to pro­duce our 2017 guide to the many fes­ti­vals that fill the is­lands, lochs and glens of the West High­lands and is­lands with the sound of mu­sic and laugh­ter.

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 - A Wyvex Me­dia pub­li­ca­tion Lochavullin In­dus­trial Es­tate, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB Tel: 01631 568000 www.oban­times.co.uk

The rise of the fes­ti­val scene in these parts is a re­mark­able suc­cess story. Is­lands such as Mull, Is­lay, Colon­say, South Uist and Tiree and main­land venues like Oban, Tar­bert, Lochgilp­head and Kin­tyre now play host to thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year. From hum­ble be­gin­nings and a huge amount of hard work by the or­gan­is­ers, these fes­ti­vals have gained a glow­ing rep­u­ta­tion that reaches far be­yond the bor­ders of Scot­land. Peo­ple from both far and near flock to these stun­ning lo­ca­tions to savour the best that Scot­tish mu­sic, food, drink and cul­ture has to of­fer while at the same time ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the vi­brant, in­for­mal and friendly at­mos­phere of a true West High­land gath­er­ing, be it in a bar, beach, pub­lic hall or play­ing field.

Our guide also has a prac­ti­cal pur­pose as it high­lights the es­sen­tial ser­vices fes­ti­val-go­ers need to make their visit truly mem­o­rable. From tips on get­ting the most out of your fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence to the things you need to re­mem­ber for camp­ing along with some great places to eat and drink in the ar­eas in which you are vis­it­ing. This pub­li­ca­tion will prove in­valu­able so re­mem­ber to pull it out and keep it some­where handy to refer back to.

We hope this sup­ple­ment will whet your ap­petite for an au­then­tic slice of High­land and is­land cul­ture and will help make your stay as much fun as we had in pro­duc­ing it.

Nicky Mur­phy, Sales Di­rec­tor, The Oban Times.

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