Mull brothers are local heroes

Swinbanks Mull local heroes rural awards

Two brothers from the Isle of Mull have been named rural ‘heroes’ for their work across a number of  community projects on the island.

Tobermory’s Brian and Duncan Swinbanks jointly received the Rural Hero award at the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards.

For more winners from the West Highlands in the Scottish Rural Awards, see the Oban Times, April 2 2015, also available online.

Oban has five award-winning retailers

Petals independent retail awards

Business is booming for five Oban retailers as, at the weekend, they were named winners at the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.

Oban’s eateries were well-represented, scooping three of the five regional awards won by businesses in the town, along with winners in the hair and beauty and florist categories in the north west region.

See page 11 in The Oban Times, February 12, 2015 for a full round-up of all the businesses which won awards. Digital edition also available online.

Euan is top sports writer for the year

euan paterson wins sports reporter of year 2014

Oban Times journalist Euan Paterson has won the title of Sports Writer of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Euan caught the eye of judges with his portfolio of three articles, including last season’s shinty match report on the abandoned National Division decider between Oban Camanachd and Fort William.

The Oban Times was shortlisted for newspaper of the year and reporter Emma Crichton for young reporter of the year.

For more see The Oban Times, February

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Lochaber firm hauls in green award

Lochaber Ferguson Transport Alasdair Ferguson

Alasdair Ferguson

A family-run Lochaber haulage firm has won a national award for making the business as energy efficient as possible.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping was named  Scotland’s environmental haulier of the year at the Scottish Transport News awards in Glasgow earlier this month, for efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the company’s road, rail and sea vehicles.

Read the full story in The Oban Times, November 20 2014, also available online at

Argyll winners in UHI awards


Dr Kirsty Macdonald won a UHI award.

OBAN has completely dominated the Argyll winners list in the third annual University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) teaching awards. Continue reading Argyll winners in UHI awards

Angels of the Year


Helen McCuaig and Lizzie Scotti with editorial director Stewart MacKenzie

Two kind-hearted sisters from Mid Argyll won the first Oban Times Angel of the Year accolade. Continue reading Angels of the Year

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