Could Taynuilt be home to one of the oldest grocer’s shops in Scotland? Celebrations at the weekend with cake and congratulations marked 100 years since Grahams the Grocers opened in Main Street and The Oban Times was there to join in.
A multi-millionaire Brexiteer has been confirmed as the potential new owner of Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum. Documents shed light on Argyll and Bute Council’s plan to axe head teachers. On Mull, visitors desperate to take photographs are told to stop bullying the island’s otters.
What happened when a naked man in a bath put in a surprise appearance during Oban Community Council’s meeting? What action is Argyll & Bute Council taking to get staycation ready? And why will the streets of Oban be buzzing this weekend? Answers are all in this week’s Oban Times.
Shock and upset as an Oban nursery closes. It’s the end of an era for Seil eggs. What’s happening at the fire-ravaged Taynuilt Inn? Why is Argyll council partying like it’s 2021? Who won a card cut for Isles council convener? Oban lost its city status bid – what did locals say?
Jurachs lose faith in the council as a ferry service provider. Luing meets to decide the future of its mothballed school. Parties thrash out deals to decide who rules new council. Oban RNLI has been busy with nine shouts over 11 days and the name of Islay’s 11th distillery is revealed.
A lack of homes for workers on Mull and Iona is stifling the islands. Also on Mull, posties are exhausted working double-shifts due to staff shortages. You can read the local election results – who’s in, who’s out, and what next. And it’s a happy 70th birthday to the Campbell triplets.
Join us for this week’s lively What’s In This Week’s Oban Times podcast. We’re talking about the return of the Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival, plans to bring more Christmas sparkle to Oban’s streets, a new look for Oban Hospital’s Macmillan Day Bed unit, a hoolie blowing over the Mull ferry row and a £1.6m project to update Staffa as a tourist attraction. Of course we’ve also got a fast pace sports round-up for you too.
A lost First World War shipwreck had been found for the first time since it was sunk by a German mine off Coll. There’s fighting talk over ferries, more missing mail in Oban, and we look ahead to the Mull Music Festival this weekend, following a four year gap.
This week’s Oban Times includes lots to keep you busy this Easter weekend – check out Adventure Oban’s website for details of a chocolate egg hunt, Friday sees the opening of a new kids’ heritage play zone at The Rockfield Centre and the start of a three-day exhibition celebrating 50 years of Oban’s lifeboat station.