Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 8.7.21

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The school summer holidays are here again and it’s time for parents, grandparents and carers to rack their brains for ways to entertain their charges for the next six weeks – never an easy task.

Thankfully Atlantis has reopened, which is great news, and we have the ever popular Oban Phoenix Cinema for a treat.

Ganavan Sands has always been one of my favourite places and it’s really come into its own during the pandemic – it’s busy even on the duller days with people indulging in all sorts of water sports as well as those who just like building sandcastles.

The beaches nearer the town are a great place to spend some time too, especially now they are being kept so clean by the volunteers from Hope Kitchen. Beach combing for sea glass and lovely pebbles and shells is a very soothing way to pass some time and then you can take your finds home for a craft project.

My Godson and I have compiled a wee list of things we’d like to do during the summer holidays, ranging from a boat trip to see the seals to a trip on the gondolas at Aonach Mor, and includes picnics, ice cream and a visit to the Chocolate Shop.

We’re lucky to live in an area where the great outdoors are so readily available to us, and free, and we can intersperse days out which might need paying for with days where playing in a playpark or on the beach costs nothing. Here’s hoping for a few sunny weeks to keep everyone happy.

The photograph last week was of the gargoyle above Morham & Brotchie on Stafford Street. I’ve never noticed it before and this week’s is something you may not have paid attention to.