At random with Martin Laing 18.07.19

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Welcome ferry move

As we report elsewhere this week, the Scottish Government has announced a pretty significant cut to ferry fares between Gallanach and Kerrera.

It is a very welcome reduction that should go a fair way to heping the island’s fragile economy.

Scottish minister Paul Wheelhouse made t he announcement during a visit to Oban. He said: ‘This fare cut will make Kerrera more attractive for visitors and tourism companies and will boost the economy of the island.’


Last year I took the wee ferry Carvoria over to Kerrera and enjoyed the stunning walk down to the southern tip at Gylen to view the castle there. We lunched extremely well at the Kerrera Tea Garden, a delightful wee cafe that is open only seasonally.

We had a brilliant day out. The only downside for me was the cost of making the very short crossing at nearly £10 return for two of us.

Now that the fare has been slashed, I’ll certainly be going over more frequently and I would heartily recommend it for anyone else.

Pup grub

It has long been known for its pub grub but the Lorne bar in Stevenson Street is now making a name for itself because of its ‘pup’ grub.

The Oban hostelry recently featured in a national publication by The Herald newspaper showcasing Scotland’s most canine friendly places because it has its own dogs’ menu.

The Lorne, though, was not the only establishment in the West Highlands to be singled out. Also recognised were, among others, the Grog and Gruel in the High Street in Fort William, Saucy Mary’s Pub at Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye and the Clachaig Inn, near Ballachulish.

The dogs’ menu idea has certainly been a talking point, especially among visitors, as I’ve witnessed for myself in recent times.

Hats off to landlord Declan and his team for an initiative that has helped to put Oban on the dog-lovers’ map.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.