Two cruise ships visit Oban

One of the many cruise ship visitors who wanted a selfie with piper Fergus Gillanders.

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Saturday was a busy day for Oban with the arrival of two cruise ships.

The Ocean Nova docked on Oban’s North Pier early on Saturday morning.

This regular visitor was dropping off 100 passengers at the end of their cruise before welcoming new passengers later on in the day. The ship also
restocked with supplies.

The largest ship of the season the Costa Mediterranea also dropped anchor outside Oban.

With 2,000 passengers and 900 crew it was a busy morning for Port of Oban Cruise Group and BID4Oban Ambassadors, who were handing out maps and leaflets.

Some of the passengers took advantage of half-day tours to Glencoe and Inveraray Castle before returning to Oban to visit the town, its attractions, cafes and shops. The vast majority, estimated at 1,500 passengers, chose not to leave Oban and took in the atmosphere of the Oban Pride march.

Fergus Gillanders (retired harbour master) was called on to pipe the passengers ashore to the delight of our visitors, with hundreds of passengers wanting selfies taken.

Linda Battison of Oban Tourism Alliance was first on board to give information to passengers and crew. The ships captain was presented with an engraved bottle of Oban Malt courtesy of Callum Rew of Oban Distillery and an engraved quaich by Elaine Robertson of Argyll and Bute Council.

Oban is managing to keep passengers from leaving the town by offering them a fantastic experience and a warm welcome. Great feedback was received from our visitors despite the damp day.