At Random with Martin Laing – Thursday August 19

Martin Laing.

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The right road

Here’s a thing: I am a huge fan of the Isle of Kerrera. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have taken the wee ferry across to Oban Marina for revelry, both aboard boats tied up there and at the Waypoint Bar and Grill.

I have also travelled on numerous occasions from Gallanach across the short hop to the island, in most recent times on the new-ish ferry Carvoria. The walks from there down to the south of the island are awesome, though I haven’t done it this year because of the Covid crisis. It is, however, one of my favourite days out to hike down to Gylen Castle and stop for refreshments at the Kerrera Tea Garden.

Now a new road is being constructed to provide a desperately needed link between the two principal ferrypoint destinations on the island. Not before time. The good folk who live on the island will finally have a proper way to travel between the two areas.
Well done to the people behind the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust for labouring so diligently for ages to bring this work to reality. They deserve a resounding cheer.

Step forward

Another initiative which I would urge people to support is the Keep Oban Beautiful Doorstep Challenge, which pretty much does what it says on the tin.
KOB is asking locals to take a critical look at their own environs and consider what they could do to tidy up or improve it. It’s such a simple suggestion but one that could potentially make a significant difference to our communities – and at little or no cost.

We should all care for the way our towns and villages look and do our best to improve them if possible. KOB is asking people to share ideas, actions, comments and questions on its Facebook page. I would echo that and encourage as many of you as possible to do so. It’s a blooming good idea.

What do you think? Send your comments to editor@obantimes.co.uk