Only a month to go un­til Oban Live

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AN­OTHER busy week­end over and only an­other month be­fore Oban Live hits town, writes Oban am­bas­sador Kay MacDon­ald.

Time to draw breath and get all my ducks in a row be­fore things get hec­tic again.

The fringe events for the High­lands and Is­lands Mu­sic and Dance Fes­ti­val cer­tainly added a wee buzz to the usual activities. I re­ally en­joyed hav­ing mu­sic while I worked on Satur­day and watch­ing the fan­tas­tic Adele Askew dancers in Stafford Street. If any­body missed it there are clips on the LoveOban Face­book page, in­clud­ing He­lens­burgh Pipe Band per­form­ing High­land

Cathe­dral – al­ways one to bring a tear to a glass eye.

The next event on a much smaller scale is the ar­rival of the Ocean Nova cruise ship on May 11 and, al­though it is one of the smaller lin­ers, it is lovely to meet the pas­sen­gers and help them de­cide what to do with their time in Oban.

I al­ways envy peo­ple see­ing Oban for the first time from the sea. It re­ally is beau­ti­ful and hear­ing it from other peo­ple makes you ap­pre­ci­ate it anew.

One of the best ways to make the most of liv­ing here, in my opin­ion, is to spend the odd day do­ing things a vis­i­tor to the town would do. Walk up to the tower and take pho­tos, visit Dunol­lie Mu­seum, Cas­tle and Grounds (it is al­ways chang­ing), tour the dis­tillery or go on a boat trip to see the seals. Even tak­ing a trip to Ker­rera for a walk makes you feel as if you’re away for the day and it’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple haven’t done some of these things.

Have a look at the Face­book pages for Oban Town Diary and LoveOban if you’re look­ing for ideas. It is amaz­ing what we have on our own doorstep.

Which brings me to our photo from last week: it’s the door­way to Macarthur Ste­wart, be­tween Nancy Black’s and Bell In­gram, which is Boswell House.

For this week, some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked by and not no­ticed this.

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