The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival is a well-established yearly cultural event held right here in Oban.
The festival is now in its 34th year and has evolved to include special events and competitions and even its own Festival Fringe. So come along and enjoy the performances of the 1000+ participants and the fun Highland atmosphere across 125 competition classes in eleven disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, singing, woodwind & brass, highland dancing and choreography.
The Easdale RIB Rendezvous is a fantastic opportunity to join fellow RIB enthusiasts to explore the magnificent waters and scenery off Scotland’s west coast.
This year the routes will take RIBers from Easdale Island (where the event is based) just south of Colonsay to Oronsay via the Gulf of Corryvreckan on the Saturday. On the Sunday the destination of Loch Buie on Mull then onto Carsaig.
If you plan on joining in there’s plenty to do upon landing on the islands or you can just chill on the idyllic, almost tropical beaches (obviously dependent on the Scottish weather!).
The Festival of the Sea is a celebration of the sea and the rich marine life on Scotland’s west coast. Based at the Ocean Explorer Centre at Dunstaffnage the festival welcomes children and adults alike to come and explore and learn about the wonders of Argyll’s marine and shore environment.
Previous festivals have included talks, workshops, excursions, displays, cooking demonstrations, competitions and storytelling and although the 2017 festival may be on a smaller scale to prepare for a much larger event in 2018 there is sure to be plenty to entertain and educate.
Organised by Oban Sailing Club the Round Mull Race is one of the premier yacht races in the UK. Set amidst the stunning scenery of the West Coast of Scotland boats and crews come from all over the UK for some of the best sailing in the country.
In addition to the excellent sailing there is also a full programme of social events.
Who will be battling in this year’s annual shinty competition to find the best senior club side from the north and the south of Scotland? The final is the culmination of matches played between the eight top teams from Scotland and is always a entertaining exhibition of this ancient Scottish sport.
Come along and enjoy the action at Mossfield Park in Oban.
The Argyllshire Gathering and The Oban Games brings together athletes, dancers and musicians not just from all over the Highlands but throughout the world. So prominent are these Games that many of the events are for Scottish or World Championships. All the traditional Scottish events are showcased: the caber toss, putting the stone, Scottish hammer throw, weight for height, weight for distance, and hill race. In addition, some of the world’s best pipers and Highland dancers will also be on display, helping to provide a truly traditional Scottish atmosphere.
The Games commence at 10am with the traditional Steward’s March from Argyll Square in the town centre to Mossfield Park.
The Dalmally Agricultural Show showcases some of Scotland’s finest livestock as well as traditional home baking, Scottish handicrafts, horticulture, and shinty all set amidst magnificent mountain scenery.
Taking place at Mart Park, Dalmally this popular annual event is regarded as one of the best Agricultural Shows in Scotland and is always well attended by competitors and visitors alike.
In addition to the livestock, Industrial and Home Industries competitions there are a number of demonstrations by local charities and craftspeople showing their skills and techniques. Adding to the excitement are pipe bands and shinty matches which always proves popular with spectators.
How far do you think you could throw a stone? A great fun day out, the World Stone Skimming Championships are held every year on Easdale Island which is just 20 minutes south of Oban. Easdale Island used to be a major centre for slate mining and the pools that were once part of the mines are perfect for stone skimming as there is still plenty of slate left. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 24th September and if you would like to take part you can register at Easdale Island Community Hall between 11am and 1pm but entrants are limited to 350 so please be on time.
The LORN Community Producers Market takes place between 10am and 3pm every first and third Thursday of the month between March to December.
The venue is Kintaline Farm in Benderloch just north of Oban and sees local producers, artists, crafters and community organisations come together to sell a wide variety of meats, bakery, confectionery, fresh produce, handmade jewellery, clothes, arts and crafts and makes for a great visit.
There is free entry and parking (including disabled parking), lots to see and do including free range poultry, garden, food samples and occasional cookery demonstrations.
Welcome to the Manor House
Saturday 29th April 2017
Smoked Inverawe trout with Parmesan &
Herb-crusted Scallops and Lemon Salad £10.50
Pan-roasted Pigeon served with
Wilted Spinach &Wild Mushrooms £10.50
Scottish Brie, Asparagus, Tomato and Beetroot £10.50
Carrot & Coriander Velouté £4
West Coast Seafood Grill with New Potatoes,
Asparagus, Spinach & Lemon Dressing £24
Pan-fried fillet of Sea bass with Roast Beetroot,
Purple Stem Broccoli & Parmentier Potatoes £24
Pork Stuffed with Stornoway Black Pudding and Apple,
Savoy Cabbage, Spring Onion Mash and Caramelized Apple £24
Roast Saddle of Lamb served with Confit Potato,
Glazed Carrots and Wilted Kale £24
Scottish Fillet Beef with Fine Green Beans,
Fondant Potato and Haggis Fritter £28
Stuffed Tomatoes with Sweet Pepper Cous cous,
Pine nut and Provencale Sauce £18
Selection of Desserts £9
Coffee & Petit Fours £3.50
Table d’hote £44.00
A la Carte – Appetiser £10.50/Soup £4/Sorbet £3/Main £24/Vegetarian £18/
Dessert £9/Coffee & Petit Fours £3.50
All include VAT @ 20%. Gratuities are left to your discretion