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In my humble opinion, May must be one of the most beautiful months on the west coast of Scotland and this year in particular is stunning.

I’ve been up and down on the train to Glasgow a lot recently and it really is one of the most beautiful train journeys anywhere but drawing into Oban just as the sun is setting could almost make you cry it’s so lovely.

I’ve got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this lovely weather will last into June, not least for Oban Live in three weeks.

This weekend is going to be really busy starting on Friday with a small cruise ship called Le Champlain visiting Oban, and on Saturday we get even busier.

First of all, at 8am we’ll all be down at the pontoons, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to welcome the Costa Mediterranea to Oban. She’s one of the biggest ships to call this year and can hold more than 2,000 passengers and 900 crew so we’ll be handing out lots of leaflets and maps and directing
passengers until our arms can’t point anymore.

I’m hoping that by noon the majority of the passengers will be ashore and here for our first Oban Pride which gathers in Station Square at 11.30am and then parades along the Esplanade and finishes outside Markie Dans. If I’m not too busy I may even get to join in.

Even if I don’t get to join the parade there will be plenty to see and do later with a full day of fun for all the family in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls and the grand finale, the Rainbow Ball, in the same venue in the evening.

It doesn’t stop there.

On Sunday I’m delighted as I get to combine two of my favourite things. Oban Pride are hosting an afternoon tea from 1.30pm until 4pm in the Argyllshire followed by a screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at 5pm in Oban Phoenix Cinema. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Last week’s photo was taken from the viewing platform at McCaig’s Tower, a view never gets old, and this week’s photo is slightly more central and part of an important local building.