What an amazing start to the school holidays

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What an amazing start to the school holidays and it looks set to continue for a wee while yet!

The town is looking fantastic just now, the flowers are all blooming and the sea is sparkling. There really is nowhere more beautiful than Oban in weather like this.

It’s definitely the weather for a boat trip as well, I had a wee jaunt out to Seil Island the other day with my godson and it was fabulous. I’d forgotten how entertaining these trips are. Everything looks so different from the water.

The fish were jumping at the fish farm we passed, there were lots of seals and birds to see and, best of all, baby seals of all ages.

When we live here we often forget all the things that are available for visitors, even going across to Kerrera or the ferry to Mull can be quite an adventure.

I hadn’t visited the Bonawe Iron Furnace at Taynuilt until a few years ago and was amazed at what a great day out it was.

Cruachan Power Station is another perfect example of a day out with a difference. I’ve not been there since a school trip in primary five, so that is going to be rectified soon.

This is also the perfect weather for welcoming another beautiful cruise ship to Oban. Tomorrow (Friday July 6) we have the Prisendam visiting with more than 1,000 people aboard, including crew members which will mean an even busier day in the town.

Welcoming the passengers as they arrive is a favourite part of my job and I know my colleague Joe feels the same. Many of them have researched what they want to see and just need directed, while others just want to wander around and soak in the sights and sounds.

Let’s hope they love Oban so much they decide to come back again.

Last week’s photo was of one of our beautiful flower arrangements on the bridge to Combie Street, which was too easy. Let’s see how you get on this week.