Oban at night
Once we were done our days adventure, we headed towards a cute little fisherman's village named Oban. According to their villages website, they are the seafood capital in Scotland! This turned out to be great for me because I decided to take my chances and finally order a fish a chip meal in the UK. I'm personally not a big fan of fish; however, that being said, the fish that I ordered was either A) very fresh and I couldn't tell the difference, or B) was cooked to well, or c) wasn't really fish..lol.. I'm guessing that the answer would be "A" though :o). So after getting off the bus and settling into the Oban backpacker hostel we didn't have much daylight time left. What was great though was that our tour had made arrangements with a local bar to have a Scottish Ceilidh.
Basically a Ceilidh is a social gathering is organized involving dancing and Gaelic folk music. Historically, Ceilidh weren't necessarily only dancing events but could also be a gathering to tell stories, recite poems, sing songs or have discussions. Its use is more for facilitation of courting and marriage in the rural parts of Scotland and Ireland (especially the Gaelic regions). Also, Gaelic folk music bands can also be booked for weddings. That in itself was definitely one of the highlights of the tour. Not only did we get to hear live regional Folk music, but we also were tought some of the old dances! It was a lot of fun and definitely a great workout! I had made a video of some of the dances, but I recently learned that they were lost from my camera :o(.
at the Ceilidh dancing
After the Ceilidh, some members of our tour group decided that we would go and paint the town red and join some locals in a pub. After walking around for a while, we finally did find one pub that was open. I am not sure if it is because Oban is a smaller village, or because of the fact that it was Thursday night, but there didn't seem to be that many places open after 12am. Either way, we had fun socializing amongst our tour group and another tour group that was at the Ceilidh. Overall, Oban seemed to be a great little village to explore. Once again, I didn't have enough opportunity to explore the village; however, if I make it back to Scotland, it would definitely be on my itinerary!