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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 for their new TV series due to be aired over the Christmas period.

Yachts line up for the start of the West Highland Yachting Week

Yachts line up for the start of the West Highland Yachting Week

As the boats lined up to start the race at 2pm a film crew circled over head in a helicopter – no doubt filming some stunning aerial shots.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science's stand drew a lot of interest with its live sealife touch-pool

The Scottish Association for Marine Science's stand drew a lot of interest with its live sealife touch-pool

Making play-doh insects in the greenhouse kept the kids occupied when they weren't racing around on the lawn

Making play-doh insects in the greenhouse kept the kids occupied when they weren't racing around on the lawn

Meantime, the Arduaine Garden Summer Festival was underway in the NTS Arduaine Garden next door to Loch Melfort Hotel, with local artists, music and children’s activities for all to enjoy and to raise money and awareness for keeping this precious NTS Garden open long term.

The Chartroom II Ceilidh Band played to entertain the garden visitors

The Chartroom II Ceilidh Band played to entertain the garden visitors