Vis­i­tors will be sail­ing into town

The Oban Times - - News -

THIS week­end is go­ing to be so busy I don’t know where to start get­ting ready for it, but I’m so look­ing for­ward to it, writes Bid4Oban am­bas­sador Kay MacDon­ald.

Two cruise ships are due to visit – Le Soleal on Satur­day and Star Pride on Sun­day - and there is the Bid4Oban lo­cal mar­ket on Satur­day and Lorne High­land Games on Sun­day. Eeeeek! I’ve had the lovely news that the cap­tain of Le Soleal has been in touch to en­sure we will have our am­bas­sadors avail­able to make his pas­sen­gers wel­come.

It’s so nice to know our ef­forts are recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated.

A lot of ef­fort is made by the Port of Oban Wel­come Group to en­sure the ships vis­it­ing Oban each year are made to feel wel­come and that ev­ery­thing goes smoothly.

Coun­cil­lors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Bid4Oban, Oban and Lorn Tourist Al­liance and lots of other peo­ple give their time and en­ergy to make this hap­pens in the hope the num­ber of ships vis­it­ing Oban will grow.

For my part, I re­ally en­joy watch­ing peo­ple’s first re­ac­tion on ar­riv­ing in Oban.

Even the rain doesn’t seem to put them off and they are al­ways de­lighted to see a piper.

Our town has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing friendly and wel­com­ing which is why so many of the peo­ple I speak to re­turn year af­ter year.

I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of the Lorne High­land Games this year, as am­bas­sador Joe and I will be around the town en­sur­ing vis­i­tors know it’s hap­pen­ing and di­rect­ing them to the event.

I’ll be dash­ing up af­ter that to help with the stand run by the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute who will be hav­ing a bot­tle stall and also run­ning the pro­duce and crafts stall with lots of com­pe­ti­tions for chil­dren and adults.

If you’re in­ter­ested, have a look on the games web­site or pop into the Bid4Oban of­fice for a sched­ule of the com­pe­ti­tions.

Af­ter this week­end, we only have a few days left of the school year then it’s hol­i­day time for pupils and teach­ers and, for me, it al­ways feels as if sum­mer has re­ally ar­rived then.

For those look­ing af­ter chil­dren, it can of­ten feel like the long­est six weeks of the year as they strug­gle to find things to keep ev­ery­one amused but you don’t have to look too far from home for things to do.

The West Coast Mo­tors open bus tour isn’t only for vis­i­tors to the town.

Be­ing on the top deck of the bus is a great ex­pe­ri­ence - I still love it.

The Marine Cen­tre at SAMS at Dun­beg could be com­bined with a walk down to the beach and through the woods to the cas­tle.

Take a trip to see the seals and a wan­der across the pier to see the boats or a ferry ride to Ker­rera for a walk and a pic­nic as well as the hope­fully lovely days to spend at the beach. Not to men­tion a walk out to Dunol­lie or up to the tower.

There are lots of parts of our town we for­get about.

If you’re stuck, just pop into the tourist of­fice, it might just give you some ideas, or stop Joe or me in the street and ask for one of our Out and About leaflets.

Once you start think­ing about it, there’s lots to ex­plore that won’t break the bank as well as the fan­tas­tic At­lantis Leisure with all the ac­tiv­i­ties it puts on for the hol­i­days. And don’t for­get the play­park which is such an as­set to the town.

Last week’s photo was of the short cut from Tesco to the High Street not long af­ter it had been cleaned by Hope Kitchen and my­self.

This week is a bit more cen­tral, so keep your eyes open.

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