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Oban

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  • Day130

    Day 130: Highland Games

    June 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time for something a little bit different! We'd read that Oban would be hosting a Highland Games today, so we decided that we'd spend the day there. It wasn't a huge festival or anything, more of a local carnival, but definitely still worth checking out.

    First stop was a cafe on the promenade for breakfast, where I had a decent sized feed of bacon & eggs. A quick stop at the pet store for a refill of Schnitzel's food, then we headed out to the games on a local high school's field.

    Lots of cultural stuff happening including a pipe band, highland dancing competitions, track & field, a dog show, and traditional Scottish events like welly boot throwing and of course the caber toss.

    We spent all day here checking out the various activities. Most of the dancing was being done by kids, so I didn't spend long there. We entered Schnitzel in the "best male dog" category but sadly he lost out to another dachshund! Another couple were their with their two dogs, some of the only ones we've seen in Scotland. What are the odds.

    The weather was fairly inclement with the occasional shower, sunny breaks but mostly overcast clouds. Still managed to enjoy the day, particularly the heavy events like hammer throw, shot put and the caber toss. I was surprised to learn that the object of caber tossing is actually to hold the caber vertical, run forward, and throw it up with the aim of flipping it 180 degrees to land precisely on the other end. Nobody quite managed though a couple of guys came close!

    By around 4pm it was starting to peter out so we headed back to our apartment. Stayed in for the evening as I was feeling a bit off colour and had a stomach upset, probably the first proper one of the trip. Managed to drive Shandos out for a takeaway pizza, since of course all the supermarkets shut at 7pm on Sundays. Out of the highlands tomorrow, hopefully I feel better!
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  • Day4

    Abends in Oban

    April 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Anschließend sind wir wieder zurück nach Oban gefahren. Hier wollten wir noch die Oban Distillery besuchen. Leider waren alle Touren schon ausgebucht. Wie haben uns alternativ ein wenig hier umgeschaut und noch einen Pub gefunden 😎👍

  • Day17

    Oban - arrival/exploration

    August 17, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Exploring Oban on my first day here. It's a small seaside town that feels very much like Paihia in NZ (without the nice beaches, but with more history). Oban is mostly used as a port on to the Hebrides islands, rather than a destination so somehow feels a bit less vibrant and happy than Paihia.

    On top of the hill overlooking the town there's a kinda bizarre hollow circular structure, McCaig's Tower, architected and commissioned by a wealthy philanthropic banker around 1900. Turns out they stopped building it when he died, with only the outer wall completed. Nice views from there though!

    Walking along the coast, you come to the ruins of Dunollie Castle, a properly old (1400s) fort. There seem to be a lot of small forts around here, must have been a fairly unpleasant region over the last few hundred/thousand years. Unfortunately it was closed for the day so I just got a distant picture through the trees.

    Also interesting: all the signs here are bilingual: English and Scottish Gaelic.
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  • Day8

    Oban

    July 6, 2012 in the United Kingdom

    We arrived in Oban about 5:15pm local time, but after getting somewhat lost in this two block Bay town, we arrived at our B&B around 6:30pm. One pic below tells a bit about Oban, but rather than read, you should just look. The town is post-card perfect! Here are just a few shots of life along the harbor, the local brewery and historic distillery, and dinner at sunset.

  • Day2

    Dinner in Oban--First Night

    July 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom

    Cuan Mor in Oban Bay Brewery.

    Velvety Seafood Chowder w/ Chunks of Prime Fish, Potato & Leek; Skelpt Lug Dark Ale; Ginger & Lemonade.

    Seared Isle of Mull Scallops w/ Tanyilt Black Pudding and Smoked Cheese Sauce; Golden Pan Fried Seabass w/ Warmed Baby Potato

    Warmed Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ Fresh Cream & Caramel Butter -Yum!

  • Day3

    Dinner at Sunset-Olive Garden

    July 6, 2012 in the United Kingdom

    No, not that Olive Garden!

    Bellhaven Best, Pino Grigio

    Pappardelle Olive Garden w/ Chorizo, Bolognese, Peas, and Touch of Cream; Taglierini w/ Prawns, Scallops, Saffron, w/ Twist of Lemon in Cream Sauce

  • Day41

    Oban

    October 3, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Today's agenda was the Steall falls and Oban.
    A beautiful drive in the wrong direction wasn't on the list but happened first up anyway - bloody GPS. The GPS couldn't find the falls and when I put in what I thought was the address took me on a drive to nowhere, but a very scenic drive to nowhere.
    Googlemaps was more successful and I found my way to the lower falls carpark (the upper falls path is blocked by a rock fall) and finally saw the lower falls.

    Onwards to Oban, the town that is close to the isle of Mull. It is a lovely seaside town, although the tide was out.
    I had a huge seafood platter for lunch - smoked salmon, mussles, oysters, langostines and a crab claw. I had a wander around the town.

    Back towards Fort William is the sea life santuary, I got a good look at an otter for the first time, I hadn't realised they had such long tails.I was in time for the seal feeding, it was great to watch.
    I stopped in Glencoe on the way back, there wasn't a lot to see. I drove around the river Coe which was a nice drive.

    I had a bit of trouble finding tea, the first place didn't "do" solo diners in the restaurant, only in the bar. Well if they didn't want me in the restaurant I didn't want to eat in their bar, which may have been a foolish decision. The next two places were full/fully booked. The fourth had a table with mediocre service and food. I was just glad to eat and get back to the B&B.

    Ben Nevis
    Steall fals
    Glen views
    Lunch
    Oban
    Otter
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Oban, Оубън, An t-Òban, An t-Óban, OBN, オーバン, Oban i Skottland, Обан, 奧本

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