Long time no sea! Oban families hit the beach

Move to the waterfront: The scene at Ganavan Sands this afternoon

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Friends and families flocked to local beaches this weekend as warm weather coincided with the relaxation of Scotland’s lockdown rules.

In Oban, walkers and cyclists made the most of the sun while many reunited after nearly 10 weeks separated by the coronavirus.

More outdoor activity was allowed this weekend, from sitting and sunbathing in parks and open areas, from permission to meet people outside from one other household.

Life’s a beach: This group heads for the water

Among them was Oban’s Katie Richell and daughters Aisla, ten, and Iona, aged eight.

They met up with friend Keri McCallum today for a long overdue face-to-face catch-up and a fly of a kite as the sun shone down on Maiden Island.

Let’s go fly a kite: Aisla Richell, nine, of Oban, makes the most of a gentle breeze

At Ganavan Sands, barbecues, camping chairs and sunbrellas were the order of the day as beach towels were rolled out and swim cossies pulled on.

Grandparents played bucket and spades, while excited toddlers waddled in for a paddle after being confined to their homes for weeks on end.

Walk on by: Ganavan Sands this afternoon

The Felgate family of Oban (below) packed their beach gear as thermometers climbed over 20C (68F), backed with a gentle breeze.

Husband Scott, wife Chrissie-Leigh, and children Harrison, 11; Freya, nine; Willow, four; and Torran, two, took a stroll on the sands with gran Joan.

Family time: The Felgates enjoy the sun this afternoon

Also enjoying an afternoon outside were Oban lads Charlie, Lewis, Josh and Aaron, all 17. They packed their backpacks for a Saturday swim in the sun.

Oban’s Beach boys: Charlie, Lewis, Josh and Aaron

Met Office forecasts expect the weather to remain the same tomorrow and Monday with temperatures expected to reach 22C (71.6F).

On Thursday, Oban Police tweeted that they had responded to a report of ‘loud youths on a hillside at Glenshallach’.

Police said: ‘The youths ran off and left litter and empty drink cans in an area with sheep & new born lambs. Do you know where your children are?’

Coasting: This trio keep a watch on the horizon
Blue Bayou: A couple enjoy the view as temperatures top 20C