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Hit the (Kayak) Trail!

Oban is a world class premiere sea kayaking destinations, so get ready to paddle your way into West Coast Waters 2020!
A fantastic way to get out on the water is in a kayak, especially during Scotland's Year of West Coast Waters. Oban, one of the world’s premiere sea kayaking destinations, i… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/hit-kayak-trail/

The Captivating Isle of Kerrera

During this Year of West Coast Waters, go wild in Lorn! The wee island of Kerrera is just across Oban Bay and has fewer than 40 residents, making it a wild yet accessible day trip.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/captivating-isle-kerrera/

Oban Gets Set to Make a Splash in 2020

You are invited to ‘dip your toes’ into Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 in Oban with a range of attractions, events and businesses celebrating the forthcoming themed year.
Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be showcased throughout 2020. Oban joins in the celebration with a plethora of attractions, events and accommodation that highlights the fantasti… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/oban-gets-set-make-splash-2020/

ST HILDA SEA CRUISES LAST MINUTE SPECIAL OFFERS FOR 2019

For the few remaining spaces on our cruises departing in September and October we are now offering an extraordinary last minute special offer of 50% discount for the followin… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/st-hilda-sea-cruises-last-minute-special-offers-2019/

72nd West Highland Yachting Week Sails Into the Books

Light winds prevail overall for 72nd West Highland Yachting Week
Report from Alison Chadwick McNab Light wind conditions for this year’s 72nd West Highland Yachting made for testing conditions for both sailing and running the regatta by the … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/72nd-west-highland-yachting-week-sails-books/

Fall for Cruising with a Discount on St Hilda Sea Adventures

St Hilda Sea Adventures is offering a 30% discount for cruises departing in Sept or Oct 2019, so book now to reserve your autumn holiday!
CRUISE THE SCOTTISH ISLANDS WITH ST HILDA SEA ADVENTURES! St Hilda Sea Adventures is offering a 30% discount for cruises departing in Sept or Oct 2019. Couples, singles,… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/fall-cruising-discount-st-hilda-sea-adventures/

Oban Ready for West Highland Yachting Week 2019

2019 will make the 72nd year the event has been running and plans to be a wonderful week both on the water and ashore.
26th July to 2nd August 2019 2019 will make the 72nd year West Highland Yachting Week has been running and plans to be a wonderful week both on the water and ashore. As before … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/oban-ready-west-highland-yachting-week-2019/

West Highland Yachting Week 2018 in the Books

All weathers and breezes but great sailing at this year’s West Highland Yachting Week!
Alison from WHYW sends us this exciting report of the 2018 races! A mix of all weathers made for a variety of exciting sailing for this year’s West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/west-highland-yachting-week-2018-books/

Set Sail for the Great Oban Bay Raft Race!

Oban & Lorn Lions Club sponsors the popular annual Oban Raft Race for charity.
How do you fancy grabbing your best mates to construct a raft out of everyday materials and then sail it in Oban Bay for the chance at prizes? That’s right, it’s almost time fo… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/set-sail-great-oban-bay-raft-race/

Future of Our Seas

The Future of Our Seas comes to Oban! Look for a large dome with pictures of sea creatures all over it at Station Square and join in this interactive event sponsored by the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Marine scientists, including PhD students from SAMS, have worked with artists, designers and DJs to devise creative methods of explaining their science, including interactive exhi… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/future-our-seas/

Swim with the Sharks!

The pristine waters off Oban's west coast are perfect for swimming with Basking Sharks; read on and find out the best time of year to see and interact with these gentle giants.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/swim-sharks/

Oban's Transit Marina is one STEP closer!

It's taken a while but the breakwaters are finally in and the short-stay transit marina will be ready to welcome ashore water-borne visitors later this summer.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/obans-transit-marina-one-step-closer/

Coastal Connection

Twins Cameron and Struan and their fleet of Redbay RIBS are a familiar site in Oban Bay. The boys run Coastal Connection a marine tourism member of OLTA offering wildlife and scenic trips, private hire charters and emergency transport for missed or cance…
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/coastal-connection/

The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Get paddling along this wonderful waymarked kayak route hugging Argyll's coastline from Oban to Helensburgh.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/argyll-sea-kayak-trail/

The Blog's back with a focus on Marine Tourism

The blog is back and its bigger and better than ever! We're broadening our subject matter and will blog about everything tourism related in Oban and Lorn so watch this space.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/blogs-back-focus-marine-tourism/

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Apr
02
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Tourism
The Oban High School Pipe Band, along with local councillors and tourism officials, helped Scottish Water celebrate the opening of Scotland’s newest Top Up Tap, which will provide free hydration for visitors and locals while on the go.
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Apr
01
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Festival
Major Argyll music concert Oban Live has announced the shortlist of Scottish acts that have made it through to the final stage of its nationwide talent competition.
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Apr
01
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Tourism
Ben Cruachan Inn has achieved a Silver Award from Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world.
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Mar
18
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Tourism
Oban is well known as The Seafood Capital of Scotland and The Gateway to the Isles, but this isn’t your grandmother’s Oban. There is so much more to discover here, where more than 5,000 years of history meets vibrant modern Gaelic culture- all against the backdrop of one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds.
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Mar
15
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Tourism
Oban artist Lora Macleod will host launch for her first EP at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls on 29 March at 7pm - 10pm.
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Mar
11
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Tourism
If you are lucky enough to visit Oban 27-29 March, don't miss the Lorn Drama Festival!
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Mar
07
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Outdoors
Start your 2019 sportive season with the action packed Oban Sportive.
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Mar
06
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Tourism
Love Oban Vouchers make fantastic gifts and are a great way to support local businesses, and from March 7 until March 16 you can buy them on sale for 10% off.
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Mar
06
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Tourism
The best way to explore Scotland while visiting Oban & Lorn is with a local guide on a private day tour, and one of Lorn’s most experienced private driver guides is Cameron Brownlee of Argyll Bespoke Car Tours.
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Feb
26
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Festival
Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music concert Oban Live has teamed up with leading salmon grower Scottish Sea Farms to give talented musicians the opportunity to win a stage slot at the rural stadium gig this June.
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Feb
07
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Festival
BID4Oban and Oban Live are inviting Oban businesses to get involved in the music concert’s Fringe Programme this year, running from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9. The Fringe Partners project comes as business improvement district group BID4Oban has confirmed it will back Oban Live for a fourth year running, providing key financial and administration support for the cultural event. At last year’s Oban Live Fringe, a number of Oban’s bars, cafes, shops and activity providers put on a range of events and special offers over Oban Live weekend. Oban Live ticket holders took advantage of added entertainment, including live music, in many pubs and cafes as well as special discounts in the town’s shops. Marketing of the 2019 Fringe Programme will be handled by Oban Live and BID4Oban and will include a dedicated Fringe web page on obanlive.com, social media push, email marketing and offline promotion in the town. Participating businesses will also be given an Oban Live Fringe Partner window sticker to display at their establishment during the weekend. Oban will host the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship on Friday June 7, the first day of the event, so Oban Live and the Oban Live Fringe will be an opportunity to give the overseas visitors an even more exciting experience of Oban. BID4Oban staff will be handing out Oban Live Fringe programmes as passengers disembark at North Pier Pontoons on June 7 as well as other information about Oban. Feedback from Oban Live 2018 suggested that there were not many places open for breakfast on the Sunday morning. Relevant local businesses have been invited to run “Oban Live Breakfast Specials” that the event can promote to ticket holders this year. It is free for businesses to submit an event or offer and become an Oban Live Fringe Partner and outlets can upload their Fringe details at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners. Fringe events must take place before and after Oban Live which runs 4pm until 11.30pm on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 to ensure that no-one misses out on the main event. Chief Executive for BID4Oban, Andrew Spence, said: “The Fringe is a fantastic opportunity to further encourage visitor spend in local businesses whilst complimenting the main event itself. The economic impact for Oban, as a result of visitors coming to the town for Oban Live, was £1.4 million last year and this is growing year-on-year.” He added: “The event’s year-round marketing activity helps put Oban on the map as a top cultural destination. With an increase in ticket sales and the award of Best Cultural Event at the 2018 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, Oban Live has proven itself to be an all round social, cultural and economic benefit for Oban and we are delighted to support it again in 2019.” Naomi Hoolahan, Event Director for Oban Live, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with BID4Oban and Oban’s business community and thank them once again for the financial grant and resource support, which, in our early days growing the event, is critical. Collaborative working is key when delivering a first class event and cultural experience for thousands of people, especially in a small area such as Oban. She added: “Thanks to all the businesses who took part last year and we look forward to receiving events and special offer ideas that we can add to our 2019 Fringe, which is improving every year. 60% of Oban Live’s audience come from outside of Argyll and Bute and so the Fringe is a great opportunity to show off everything Oban has to offer.” More information can be found at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners. Tickets are on sale now for Oban Live which takes place June 7 & 8 at Mossfield Stadium in Oban. It is the biggest outdoor live music concert in Argyll and enters its fourth year running in 2019. Last year’s attendance figures reached 8,027 and injected £1.4million into the local economy. Visit www.obanlive.com.
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Feb
01
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From a cosy winter bolthole to a seven course dinner and wine tasting, you and your sweetheart will find lots to love on a romantic getaway in Oban & Lorn!
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Jan
31
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Since Stone Age humans made their way here in skin-covered boats called curraghs, the seas off Scotland’s West Coast have been highways rather than barriers. Even today, one of the best ways to experience Oban & Lorn is from the water, and a cruise with St Hilda Sea Adventures is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.
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Jan
14
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Food Event
The Robert Burns World Federation and The Scottish Federation of Meat Traders are delighted to celebrate 2019 as The Year of the Haggis
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Jan
01
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Tourism
The well-loved film, ‘Ring of Bright Water’ celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, so celebrate with a visit to the spectacular filming locations around Oban & Lorn
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