People have flocked to Oban to see the spectacular Hebridean scenery ever since Queen Victoria put it on the early tourist map by claiming it to be ‘one of the finest spots ever seen’.
Oban is a bustling harbour town with fishing boats, shops, cafes, restaurants and spellbinding views of Kerrera and the mountains of Mull. There are plenty of attractions in the town itself such as the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, McCaig’s Tower and the award-winning Scottish Sealife Centre, which is just a few miles north of the town.
The waters around Oban are rich in marine life and there are plenty of opportunities for whale and dolphin watching. If you’re looking for action and adventure then there are a number of outdoor operators providing kayaking, sailing, coasteering, diving, climbing etc – covering all abilities and all age groups. There are many great walks too – from scenic coastal strolls to the mighty Munros (Scottish mountains over 1000 metres) of which there are 20 within 45 minutes of Oban.
Oban is an excellent base from which to discover the mountains, lochs, medieval castles, beaches, islands and wildlife of the west coast. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ it’s also the place where you catch the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Mull and the Outer Hebrides. If you’re a food lover you’ll be glad to know that it’s also known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland – so expect to find waterfront kiosks selling scallops and prawns; traditional fish and chip restaurants serving high teas and bowls of chowder and award-winning seafood restaurants. Our reception team will happily make some suggestions.
Please feel free to contact us on 01631 565 735 for any Oban tourist information you need - we will always do our utmost to help.