150 Years of the Oban Times

2011 marked the 150th anniversary of The Oban Times and we had a fantastic year celebrating this big birthday.


Thank you to those who visited The Oban Times stand at various events we went along to, up and down the west coast. We had a number of special anniversary offers and gave away a whole stream of great prizes. If you were at any of this summer’s events and saw us, we hope you managed to come and say hello and get one of our goodie bags.

Special 150th anniversary shop Click here

Souvenir 150th anniversary gifts including very cute Oban Times teddy bears! avaiable now click here


Special anniversary supplements – 150 years of The Oban Times

Special monthly anniversary supplements depicting the life of The Oban Times over the past 150 years were published in 2011.  The first edition ‘From humble beginnings…’ appeared in The Oban Times July 28, 2011, and looks back at the origins of the town as well as the newspaper and features adverts, letters, news stories and pictures from the first 25 years of the newspaper’s archives.

Not able to get your hands on a paper edition? You can still buy it at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital or call our subs department on 01631 568000 and ask for a paper copy.

Our 150th anniversary on Film

The Oban Times online team made some fantastic 150th anniversary videos, available on our website www.obantimes.co.uk.

The first video The origins of The Oban Times features editorial director Stewart MacKenzie talking about his research for the special monthly supplements and some of the fascinating facts that he found out about the newspaper and its namesake Oban, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

While carrying out his research, Stewart also managed to track down a piece of vintage footage of cattle Highland being herded through the streets of Oban – and the report in The Oban Times of the event being filmed. Click here to see both the film and the report.

We also take a look back in the archives of The Oban Times with this ‘Pathé’-style newsreel.















Oban Times 150th anniversary schools logo competition

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary we asked school pupils around the area to come up with a logo. The winner was Kate MacPherson of Lochnell Primary School in Benderloch.

Kate’s winning logo featured on the front page of the newspaper for six months and on all materials highlighting events, stories, features and films celebrating the 150th anniversary and more.

We received many fantastic entries for The Oban Times 150th anniversary competition and some of these can be seen by clicking Oban or Lorn.