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Seared Islay Scallops, Chilli and Herb Couscous with Curry Oil

To fully appreciate this delicious, vibrant dish, use hand-dived king scallops fresh from Scotland’s west coast. Serves four Ingredients: 12 Hand Dived King Scallops, medium Sized 50g Pre-cooked Couscous 1 large Shallot, finely chopped 1 small garlic clove, thinly sliced ½ small red Chilli, finely sliced 4 cried apricots, finely chopped Small handful of sultanas ...

New Art Foraging Short Break

A brand new short break has been created by Loch Melfort Hotel where the weekend’s theme will be “Art Foraging“. From the 12th to 15th November, artist Susan Wood will lead guests on a journey of exploration along the beach and surrounding gardens to collect interesting and unusual natural resources and use them in creative ...

Help Save Scotland’s Red Squirrels

The Scottish Tourist Board have launched Red Squirrel Week (from 2 to 10 October) as part of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels campaign. Red squirrels are the only native squirrels in the UK but due to the increasing population of grey squirrels they are now an endangered species. Anyone holidaying in Scotland this week is ...

World Stone Skimming Championships 2010

We attended the World Stone Skimming Championships on 25 September a took a few snaps. The weather on Easdale Island was perfect with sunshine and flat calm water – ideal for skimming stones – and attracted a healthy crowd of onlookers and competitors vying to become World Champion.

New Beaver Introduced to Knapdale

A new male beaver named Christian was released successfully into a Knapdale loch by the Scottish Beaver Trial on September 21. The hope is that he and a female beaver, Trude, already living on the loch will form a breeding pair, increasing the breeding population in the area. The main indicator that they have formed ...

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.

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