Around Oban with Kay McDonald

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Oban is certainly getting its fair share in national press coverage just now, with The Scotsman including a lovely review of Etive Restaurant, while The Telegraph had a piece on The Majestic Line resuming its cruises of the West Coast from Oban.

There have been others over the last few months and it’s a great advertisement for the area, promoting the fact that we have fabulous businesses who are open and ready to make people welcome.

One of the best things Oban has to offer, apart from the beauty of the area, is our warm, friendly welcome, we’re known for it and with the way things are at the moment I think it’s one of the best assets we have.

Covid has meant we have to keep away from everyone and wear masks which hide our expressions and often make it very difficult to read people, so it’s important that we try even harder to show people they’re both welcome and safe here. This is equally important for locals as many are nervous when the town is so busy, but it is possible to cater for those who want to visit and those who live here with just a little patience.

Joe and I have found that stepping aside to allow people to pass with plenty of room always results in a smile of thanks and it’s the same going in and out of shops, people seem to be much more courteous in holding doors and allowing other to enter or leave.

Kindness and consideration make a difference. It’s not always easy but it’s worth remembering that everyone is in the same boat.

The photograph last week was of the beautiful flower baskets at Aulay’s Bar and this week’s should be easy.