The arrival in Oban of a world famous boat race has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.
The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race will stop in the town for the first ever time as it draws to a close next summer.
Participants, including a number of Scots, will arrive in July before heading down to Portsmouth to finish the event.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has now tabled a motion in Holyrood to mark the occasion and invited MSPs of all parties to welcome the town’s involvement.
Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:
“This is one of the toughest and most famous racing events in the world, so it’s great Oban will play such an important part.
“It’s the first time it’s ever come here, and I think that deserves to be recognised officially by Scotland’s parliament.
“The race attracts serious international interest, which can only be a good thing for Oban and the wider Argyll and Bute area.
“It will also bring an economic bounce which is something desperately needed given everything that’s happened over the last few years.”