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Scottish Labour Party Conference in Oban

The Scottish Labour Party Conference descends on Oban from 29-31 October when about 600 delegates will pour into the Corran Halls. The Party last held its conference in Oban in November 2006 when Tony Blair gave a keynote speech and Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland. A special treat for delegates this time will ...

Oban as a Conference Venue

The Highland town of Oban is always a hive of activity. Affectionately known as the “Gateway to the Isles”, Oban attracts locals and tourists every day as they soak up the town’s special atmosphere, hop on a ferry to an island or two, enjoy the delicious local seafood, or take a boat trip to the ...

Intrepid Cyclists Visit Loch Melfort

A group of five cyclists popped into the Chartroom II Bistro for coffee on the morning of Sunday 29th August. The dauntless Joglers were on day five of their ride from John o’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) and took a well-earned breather and enjoyed the magnificent scenery looking down the Sound of Jura. Al, Bob, ...

Yacht Smashes on Rocks in Front of Hotel

Hotel guests watched a dramatic sea resuce unfold when a yacht sailing from Croabh Marina smashed into rocks in front of the hotel at breakfast yesterday morning. Oban Lifeboat was called out to rescue the crew and as the tide dropped, the full extent of the damage to the boat was revealed!

A Seaside Wedding

Ashling and Ewan celebrated their marriage with a lovely outdoor ceremony in Arduaine Garden followed by photos over looking beautiful Asknish Bay. To keep the sea-themed wedding complete, the wedding cake, made by a friend, was inspired by Ashling’s job as a marine ecologist.

Scottish Beaver Trial Update – August 2010

The Scottish Beaver Trial has announced the exciting news that the fist beaver kits have been born. Although they are a few months old, they have only recently been spotted as beavers are shy and mainly nocturnal, and the young kits typically emerge from the lodge after a few months. Two kits from different families ...

Three Men in a Boat go Sailing at Loch Melfort

The start of the annual West Highland Yachting Week was made all the more exciting yesterday with the addition of a yacht being sailed by the men from BBC’s Three Men in a Boat fame. Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath are racing the Croabh Haven to Oban leg of the famous race ...

Helicopter Causes Excitement

Guests arriving at Loch Melfort Hotel by helicopter always cause a stir and not just to the grass in the field in which they land. The three highland cattle mooed dramatically as it landed, thinking that a red and green monster was after them. Hugh just wanted to climb in it and be a helicopter ...

Arduaine Garden Bat Box Installation

Head gardener Maurice Wilkes and Rick Potter from the Arduaine Garden Support Group helped local school children from Craignish Primary School install bat and squirrel boxes into Arduaine garden today. This is a joint project to encourage more children to take an interest and visit the garden, along with educational benefit and, of course, creating ...

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2010 in Fort William

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup takes place in Fort William on 5/6 June and will see the world’s best riders take on one of the toughest Downhill and 4x challenges in the world. The Fort William courses are consistently voted the best in the world for their tough rock gardens and drop-offs, not to ...

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