At random with Martin Laing 21.11.19

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Off to a flyer

I was lucky enough last year to do a scenic tourist flight out of Oban Airport, which took us north around Castle Stalker before turning south again and circling Oban and Kerrera.

It was my first time in a small aircraft and it was fabulous. It also got me thinking about other types of flights I’ve never done but would very much like to experience.

So I was particularly interested in the story we ran last week about the imminent return of seaplanes to Oban. Apparently, Loch Lomond Seaplanes intend to resume operations between Duck Bay near Balloch and Oban marina at Kerrera.

Company owner David West says he will run two or three flights daily after a hiatus of around seven years.

That will be a brilliant bonus for the Oban economy, but not simply in terms of the additional spend in the town from those flying in. It will also give the town and its surrounding areas a major boost in terms of profile.

Wouldn’t you just love to have a flight in a seaplane, landing on the water in beautiful Oban Bay? I know I would.

Help the RNLI

I make no apology for returning again this week to the subject of Oban lifeboat, which is trying to find new volunteer recruits.

Sadly, I am far too long in the tooth to able to throw my hat into the ring but I would urge anyone who might be able to contribute to the station’s vital, life-saving activities to see if they are suitable.

To find out what it takes to be part of the team aboard the all-weather lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald, the RNLI is inviting potential volunteers to go along to a recruitment night on Monday November 25 at the town’s station at the South Pier, starting at 7pm.

Give it a go. It is a fantastic team there and they do wonderful work.

What do you think?

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