A quartet of hardy seafarers paid a visit to the region recently to test the choppy West Coast waters ahead of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge.
Fiona caught up with Barcaldine-based psychologist Marion Elkin-Greener to find out how the pandemic had affected our mental health and what can be done to help.
Fiona caught up with Lorn Healthy Options fitness advisor Rob Graham to find out a wee bit more about the Oban-based community run charity and what they had been doing to help people with long and short term health issues during lockdown and beyond.
A new project is being launched by Oban Men’s Shed to restore a little piece of maritime history.
Kathie has been chatting to the project’s John McAllister and Colin Turtle to find out how they plan, with the help of willing hands and council funding, to restore clinker boat the Mary Jane and get her back on the water.
This week’s podcast takes you on a Calmac ferry then a Basking Shark Scotland rib boat as Kathie and fellow open water swimmers Jeanette Sheldrick and Catriona Petit chat with Lorna Evans, one of the founders of a new charity called Seaful whose mission is to encourage more people to get out on the ocean, fall in love with it and keep it safe.
Kathie has been down to the Bridge over the Atlantic to catch up with Seil crofter DJ MacDougall who is picking up his pipes to raise £1,000 for charity.
On August 28 he will be marching five miles, while playing the pipes, all the way from the Oban side of the Bridge Over The Atlantic down to the seafront at Ellenabeich.
This week after months of being starved of entertainment and live music, Kathie could hardly contain herself when The Camans frontman Craig McIntyre got in touch to invite her along to the band’s first official post-lockdown gig at Inverrary George Hotel.
This week the team totally blindside Ellis by sending him a fake running order which includes a nightmare of an intro full of made up Scottish words for him to fall over.
Ellis is running late for this week’s podcast while Oban ‘Gym Guy’ Innes Hughes is just running. South Yorkshire’s Jim Morton is taking things at a slightly easier pace and takes a break from his round-the-coast odyssey to tell us all about it and songstress Dot Allison provides this week’s
Up first is David Glennie of the Scottish Slate Islands Heritage Trust about the reopening of the Tardis-like museum at Ellenabeich and why it needs both visitors and volunteers. Plus in this week’s music segment, there’s some relaxing tinkling of the ivories by talented local pianist Marek Kochmanski who usually does his stuff at the Bridge Cafe on every last Saturday in the month. There’s also an exclusive interview with the lost walkers on Jura who recount their epic rescue which saw them set off on a Thursday but not make it back until Saturday night!