Around Oban with Kay McDonald – Thursday September 9

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What a great weekend we’ve just had, the town was positively buzzing on Sunday with Oban Sportive proving to be a huge success.

It was fantastic watching the river of 136 cyclists pouring out of the distillery to the sound of the pipes as though it was never going to end.  This is an event which seems to get bigger and better every year, bringing cyclists from across Scotland as well as those more local to us.

Joe and I are also raring to go for the visit of the cruise ship Silver Spirit on Wednesday. It’s so nice to have things to look forward to again with Silver Spirit will be calling again on September 20 and Seven Seas Splendour calling on September 17.  From what I’m hearing, next year is starting to look busy for Oban, with ships already booking for next year and the year after as things in the cruise world return slowly to normal.

In the midst of this we also have the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final on September 18, which is always a big event in the town and you can follow the shinty with a visit to hear Manran play in the Corran Halls that evening.

There’s lots of great music heading to the Corran Halls over the next few months, starting with a Queen/Freddy Mercury tribute act on September 17 and then Manran the following evening, which means there is something for everyone to enjoy.

To top it all off we have Oban Pride returning this year on Saturday September 25, in a slightly different form, but it’ll be just as fantastic. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the shop windows decorated for it and I’m already planning what we can do in our wee office window.

The photograph last week was of one of the planters on the Combie Street bridge, this week might be a bit easier.