Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 3.6.21

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The season certainly started with a bang last weekend – it went from quiet to chockablock in one day.

I get the feeling that we’re in for a busy year, which I’m sure our businesses will appreciate. I’m delighted that we have two new businesses open and ready to welcome everyone – Highland Fold with their wonderful ice-cream are in Gibraltar Street and Bay Bath & Beauty are at the top of George Street. Both a very welcome addition and I know we have a few more new businesses in the process of getting ready to open.
This coming weekend I’m really looking forward to Oban International Shanty Festival.

It’s going to be online for this year but next year we’ll have the live event, which will be so much fun. For this weekend though I’ll be all ready at home with my wee bottle of cider, my song booklet printed out and earplugs for the poor dog, or maybe he can just sing along with me.

There are groups from France, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as Scotland and England taking part. To really get you in the mood for the main event there will be free workshops online in the afternoon where you can learn about sea shanties and Pirate Queens. So look out your striped t-shirts, your bandanas and your Yo Ho Ho’s, and get ready for a great night of singing your socks off. For more information go to

The photograph last week was of wee yellow wellies on the map opposite West Coast Motors, which are raising awareness of the fantastic job that the Oban lifeboat and her crew does. The photograph this week might be a little harder to spot.