Visitors will be sailing into town
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.