Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 7 - Scottish Rural Parliament, Oban Military Museum, Lessons in Social Media

After a slow start to the day, thanks to the music and yes the scotch at Mackie Dan's the night before, Donn heads off to the Scottish Rural Parliament for a 9:00 am start ( and Randy heads off to the Oban Military Museum (

Attended sessions at the Parliament as follows;
    How to revitalize Communities
    The installation of Broadband

The issues are the same in Canada as in Rural Scotland, in order to keep Communities vibrant we need to; have good broadband service (internet, mobile phone, etc...), rural doctors (find them and keep them) & a much better relationship between all levels of government (a major issue, the transfer of public land to Development Trusts). Without a vibrant community we lose the young people to the urban centres creating all kinds of difficulties already experienced in Europe and North America. Brilliant discussions, well attended and active participation.

Left the Rural Parliament at 1:30 to have a meeting with Annie MacDonald, owner of the Corran House, to discuss Blogs, Twitter, etc...

Randy was at the Oban Museum.

The Oban War & Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artifacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people. You can learn about the fishing and maritime industries, the railway, road transport, local sports, the building of the iconic McCaig’s Tower and the strategic role played by Oban during the war years when the town was home to Australian, Canadian and US aircrew and RAF Flying Boats operated from the bay.

The museum is run by a team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers and relies on visitor donations to cover all its overhead costs.

We meet up and head up to George Street to the Oban Fish and Chip Shop, the sign outside says, "the best fish and chips I've ever tasted", Rick Stein.

Actually, they were very good (

After supper, we walked the streets of old Oban and then back to Mackie Dan's for a Tenannts and scotch. This was an early evening because we needed to prepare for the Oban Distillery Tour scheduled for tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting that they grapple with the same issues of losing youth and retaining Doctors.