Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 26.5.22

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What a dreich month May has been, and it’s usually the one month we can rely on to be lovely! My hope is that things will be reversed and instead of rain as soon as the kids go on holiday it will be glorious. But the weather is unpredictable and with this being the west coast of Scotland it’s something we’re used to.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for better weather in June though, there’s so much going on. Charities Day on the 4th is always nicer when the sun is out, especially for the parade, but it’s fun no matter what sort of day it is.

After missing out for two years I’m really looking forward to the fantastic atmosphere it brings to the town and this year it will also be a celebration of the Platinum Jubilee which will add an extra buzz to the day.

June also brings Oban International Shanty Festival at the end of the month, which will have Station Square and local pubs resounding with song throughout the day and into the night, and with Markie Dans Music Festival on the same weekend Oban will certainly be the place to be for a good time.

We’re at that time of year when the sound of pipes starts to sound through the town on an almost daily basis, which I love – from the buskers on George Street to the pipe bands practicing and the pipers who welcome the cruise ships. Oban High School Pipe Band are a big part of that and deserve congratulations for a great performance at the British Championships.

The photograph last week was of Graham Fraser from Alba on Albany Street, so helpful whenever you call in. Guess who it is this week?