I recently spent a weekend at the Oban Winter Festival and had a fantastic time! Now in it’s sixth year it has grown from a reindeer parade and craft fair into a ten-day all singing-all dancing twinkling Christmassy extravaganza. The harbour town is a popular gateway to islands such as Mull, Colonsay and Barra but it’s also a pretty amazing wee town in it’s own right. It’s a town where it’s residents all know each other, everyone is on first name terms and you feel part of a community. It’s a nice feeling.
I can highly recommend getting up there and experiencing it for yourself the next time it’s on. Why? Here are my highlights…
Corran Halls Craft Fair
Stalls and stalls filled with homemade Christmas decorations, yummy cakes and tablet, photos of the incredible scenery, transformed into glass plaques and posters, calendars, big wooly scarves and beautiful wreaths. Not to mention lots of cheery residents up for a good chat. Lovely jubly.
THE Isle of Mull is Scotland’s third largest island and is very easy to reach.
It’s a speedy 45 minutes on the ferry from Oban on the mainland to the village of Craignure on Mull and you get the wee bonus of seeing Lismore Island and the lighthouse on the small island of Eilean Musdile.
Picturesque villages, impressive mountains and views so outstanding it’ll have your memory card filled within the day. This is one island you will want at the top of your bucket list. So what can you do, see and eat there?