Meet Our Guides

After undergoing an intensive training programme and exam, our plucky guides now hold Yellow Badges from the Scottish Tourist Guide Association, which means they are certified and fully insured.

As ambassadors for Oban, they are extremely knowledgeable about the town, and share fascinating tales of its history, culture and legends as they guide visitors along its scenic esplanade or further afield on the Isle of Kerrera.

Private walking tours are available by arrangement - subject to availability of guides.

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Kay McDonald, Town Ambassador and care assistant

From: Oban 

Fun fact: Kay’s family have been in Oban since the early 1700s, with one side coming from the Isle of Mull and the other side from Ireland, and her tours are full of fun and fascinating facts, anecdotes and legends that reflect her deep roots and her love of the “Wee Bay”!  

“I can’t imagine anywhere better to grow up and live. I like to think of Oban and it’s people as warm and hospitable, and welcoming visitors to Oban and introducing them to the town is what I love to do best.  McCaig’s Tower is my favourite part of the tour, as it has a personal connection- one of my great-grandfathers was involved in the construction.”


 

 


 

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Nan McLachlan, Retired Bank Manager

From: Lanarkshire, moved to Argyll in 1982 

Fun fact: A dairy farmer’s daughter, Nan is an active member of Clan McLachlan with extensive knowledge of the clan and Argyll’s history, so her tours are educational as well as entertaining!   

“I love showing tourists Oban, telling of her history and legends and other tales! My favourite stop on the walking tour is McCaig’s Tower. I find the mystique surrounding how John S McCaig gathered his wealth intriguing - how, as a poor farmer on Lismore, he may have found buried treasure or treasure washed up on the shore, which enabled him to speculate and start him on the road to becoming a very wealthy man.”

Private tour contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1369 860771 or 0777 323 6205

Email: mclachlan8de@btinternet.com


 

 


 

 

 

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Linda Battison, (far right) Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges

From: Bridgend, South Wales

Fun Fact: Married to a Glaswegian hotelier with a love of the west coast Linda moved to Oban in 1990 with her husband Jim after purchasing The Balmoral on Craigard Road. In the mid-90s they expanded their tourism business and took on a self-catering complex and country pub in historic Lerags Glen. A keen sailor, Linda's knowledge of the local islands and hidden beaches is often called upon by her guests. As a director of Oban & Lorn Tourism Association she has been at the forefront of improving visitor facilities and marketing the town as a destination so she knows all the best places to eat and drink!

"I spent 12 years working in the mad world of advertising and PR in London and met my husband skiing in Glencoe. He was also a keen sailor and he introduced me to the fantastic cruising grounds off Oban. I was smitten and within a few years he'd sold his Glasgow hotel and I'd given up city living forever. I am passionate about the area and its many attractions and love sharing my enthusiasm with my clients."

Private tour contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1631 569425 or 07857 429 206

Email: info@cologin.co.uk


  

Michelle McAnally, Travel journalist

From: USA. Lived in Oban since 2013

Fun fact: Married to a Scotsman, Michelle is an archaeologist as well as a journalist, and having worked all over Scotland, is keen to share her expertise with her guests.

 "I love sharing the story of Oban with people from all over the world, and especially enjoy delving into the town’s fascinating history and legends. My favourite stop on the Oban Walking Tour is the Dog Stone. This impressive sea stack is a real source of interest for our visitors, and they love hearing the entertaining Celtic legend about the giant Fingal and his huge dog Bran that it inspired.” 

Private Tour Contact details:

Tel: +44 07918814581

Email: imaginealba@yahoo.co.uk