Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 24.6.21

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I recently posted a video of Oban in 1959 on the LoveOban Facebook page – I’m always fascinated by the fact that although things are changing constantly there is so much in Oban that stays the same and helps to keep the heart of the town the same.

The sea, hills and islands are, of course, largely unchanging but we also have the Esplanade and many of the older buildings which may have been tweaked over the years but haven’t altered that much.

McCaig’s Tower is one of the things which makes Oban so distinctive, our crowning glory, and then we have the beautiful Victorian villas all along the seafront, most of which are boutique hotels and guest houses now, giving their guests fabulous views over the bay.

There are also buildings such as The Rockfield Centre, which was the school I went to and my Mum and Dad and Granny did too, as did so many generations of families in the town. It is a building that holds so many memories for so many people.

The people are also at the heart of Oban and what makes it so special, from those who are ‘Old Oban’ – the MacFarlanes (me), Forgrieves, MacIntyres, MacLeans, MacDougalls and so many more, to all the newer Obanites who have had the good sense to want to live in this beautiful community.

As Town Ambassadors we are constantly told how fortunate we are to live in such a special place, which we always agree with. It’s the combinations of the landscape, buildings and people that make Oban such a unique and special place to live and visit.

The photograph last week was of the building which houses The Ark Hairdresser in Airds Crescent.

I didn’t travel too far to take the photograph for this week.