Oban, meaning Little Bay, was officially granted the status of Royal Burgh 200 years ago by a Royal Charter in favour of the Duke of Argyll. Despite its size of around 8000 residents, it is in fact the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and known as the “Gateway to the Isles”. The population can more than triple during a busy tourist season.

To commemorate the bicentenary, the town is hosting a range of celebratory events over ten days, beginning Saturday July 9th 2011. With the town centered around the harbour, the Tall Ship will be open for tours along with yacht and kayak races around the bay and harbour activities run by Stramash Outdoor Activity Company. The Oban Distillery is one of the town’s oldest attractions dating back to 1794 so there is no surprise to see their involvement with weeklong celebrations taking place there. On Saturday 16th there will be a Guinness World record attempt for the biggest Highland Dance ‘strip the willow’ on the North Pier. Join in if you wear tartan!

The highlight of the events will be an appearance from HRH Princess Royal when she will visit The Oban Times and The Oban War and Peace Museum on Tuesday July 12. Princess Anne is no stranger to Oban and the Islands with a visit in 2010 on the Hebridean Princess along with the rest of the Royal Family. She frequents the waters near the hotel on many occasions in her yacht and you may even catch a peep of her this time if she pops in for a scone!

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