Oban makes fi­nal for most beau­ti­ful towns

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Martin Laing mlaing@oban­times.co.uk

A num­ber of Ar­gyll and the Isles places have been short­listed in a search for Scot­land’s most beau­ti­ful towns and vil­lages.

The on­line com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the web­site Hid­den Scot­land has seen Oban, Tober­mory, Killin and Port­na­haven on Is­lay make the fi­nal list.

The web­site says: ‘We’re on the hunt for the most beau­ti­ful town or vil­lage in Scot­land and we need your help.

‘We asked you on so­cial me­dia what you thought was the most charm­ing and pic­turesque town or vil­lage in Scot­land and be­low is what you came up with. Have a look through the towns and vil­lages short­listed and cast your vote.’

The web­site says of Oban: ‘It’s a gate­way to the He­bridean is­lands. The Colos­seum-like McCaig’s Tower over­looks Oban Bay. Seafood eater­ies clus­ter by the har­bour.

‘Out­side town is the ru­ined Dunol­lie Cas­tle, once the seat of Clan MacDougall. The nearby house museum, from 1745, ex­plores clan and lo­cal his­tory.

‘On Loch Cr­eran, the Scottish Seal­ife Sanc­tu­ary has an aquar­ium and res­cue cen­tre.’

It is far more terse in de­scrib­ing Tober­mory: ‘Tober­mory is the cap­i­tal of, and the only burgh un­til 1973, on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish In­ner He­brides.’

Killin is ‘a vil­lage sit­u­ated at the west­ern head of Loch Tay in Stir­ling’.

Port­na­haven is de­scribed as: ‘A vil­lage on Is­lay in the In­ner He­brides, Scot­land. The vil­lage is within the parish of Kil­choman.’

The win­ner will be an­nounced in Au­gust. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to https:// hid­den­scot­land.co/

Oban is noted for its ‘Colos­seum-like McCaig’s Tower’ and ‘seafood eater­ies’.

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