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Oban Lesbian Weekend Events have just enjoyed their first camping, paddle boarding and sea swimming social on Loch Lomond. This proved really popular with over 30 women from the Dumbarton and Helensburgh area.

Oban Lesbian Weekend events, which started in response to the sold out inaugural Oban Lesbian Weekend, held in August 2022.

LGBTQ Women and friends on Loch Lomond

Many of the women lived in rural areas around Dunbartonshire and rural Argyll and Bute, including Carrie, 45, from Roseneath, near Helensburgh who said “Oban Lesbian Weekend has changed my life, I was really nervous at first but I now have an LGBTQ community around me, and have been to visit new friends from all over Scotland”.  

Founder, Maz Gordon returned to her hometown of Oban, shortly before lockdown, after working in LGBTQ media and events for 20 years.  “Growing up, the only place I could find a lesbian was the Oxford dictionary!”.  

Nikki Finneran with author Wendy Hewlett went camping on Loch Lomond. Wendy will be running Oban Lesbian Weekend’s book club, featuring her latest book, Witches and Whiskey

Since Oban didn’t appear to have many lesbians, she decided to bring a few last year, and the next thing she knew we were sold out with almost 150 LGBTQ and non-binary women.

It’s been so successful that this year they’ve had to hire Oban’s biggest venue for this July’s Oban Lesbian Weekend, to accommodate double the  number of women and have started running monthly events across the country.

Some of the group brought their dogs. Photos by Wendy Hewlett and Sam Sambells

Oban Lesbian Weekend is the only small business to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Proud Scotland Travel Awards, this Saturday in Glasgow.  They are up against corporate giants Enterprise, Virgin Atlantic and First Buses.  We wish them the best of luck!

Sam Sambells, a relative newbie to Oban Lesbian Weekend Events taking a dip

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