oban photographer Hannah Morris
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Festivals, Highland Games and many modern visitor attractions provide plenty of activity and entertainment in Oban in glorious settings. Full details can be obtained from Oban's Tourist Information Centre in Argyll Square. The Centre is housed in a large converted church and boasts a superb new exhibition and display space.
which is based in Oban, Argyll, Scotland was established in 1987. It covers thirty-five acres and is part of a working livestock farm. The aim of the park is two-fold, to conserve rare and minority breed farm animals and to demonstrate these animals to visitors so that they become aware of and appreciate the need to keep these breeds alive. We have a large variety of animals, a beautiful woodland walk and a tearoom.
The Park incorporates a very comfortable and inviting tearoom which can be visited without entering the park. You will find a wide variety of excellent home baking as well as teas and coffees and cold drinks. Eat inside and watch the park though the large windows, or enjoy the covered eating area outside. The tearoom also incorporates a gift shop with many animal related products and postcards on sale.
A recently added attraction to the Park is the very popular "Barn" where we keep our pure bred rabbits and guinea pigs in various enclosures etc. At present we keep 5 different breeds of each and here visitors, both young and old alike, can enjoy our handling sessions that run throughout the day. So if you have never felt the luxurious coat of a Sable Rabbit or the velvet touch of a Chinchilla Rex Rabbit then this is your chance.
Nestling in a mature spruce forest on the shores of beautiful Loch Creran the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Britain, and is home to some of the UK's most enchanting marine creatures. In crystal clear waters you can explore over 30 fascinating natural marine habitats containing everything from Octopus to Sharks. In our aquarium we have a dazzling array of multi-dimensional aquarium displays housing everything from shrimps and starfish to sharks and stingrays. Every day there is a range of talks and feeding demonstrations from our team of marine experts. We also have a SOS seal rescue facility which includes a busy Seal pup nursery and you can find out about the work involved in caring for the numerous stray, sickly or injured seal pups which we receive every year.
Always present are our three resident common seals. The grace and elegance of these enchanting mammals can be viewed in our Underwater Seal Observatory. All this is undercover, and outside in our forest grounds we have a children's play area plus nature trails and forest walk. New for 2002 was a spectacular Otter sanctuary with underwater viewing. To round off the trip why not visit our shoreline restaurant to enjoy a snack or a full meal from our range of homebaked fayre and treat yourself to a present to remind you of your day from our Sealife gift shop. Altogether it makes for a great day out. The Common Seal or Harbour Seal, is a true seal of the Northern Hemisphere. Having the widest range of all pinnipeds, Common Seals are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as those of the Baltic and North Seas. The Common seal (Phoca vitulina) is probably the best-known seal species of the northern hemisphere. This might be due to its wide distribution and the fact, that Common seals live near the coasts and can be watched, resting on sandbanks, from the dry land. Common seals prefer regions, where rivers flow into the sea, because these waters are permanently ice-free even in the northern part of their distribution range.
oban photographer Hannah Morris