Ferries link the mainland to the isles for walkers and island-hopping explorers. Mull, Lismore and Kerrera are all an easy day trip from an Oban base.
The Coliseum-like McCaig’s Tower on Oban’s Battery Hill has a public garden: a popular vantage point for views to the islands of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull.
As Oban is built on the side of a hill, the views to the south and west over the islands of Kerrera to Mull are panoramic.
The roads and paths around Oban can be explored by bike and if you take the train you can have a car free break exploring the coastal roads and take your bike by ferry to one of the islands.
Oban is a town that is best seen on foot. Close by are coastal walks and for the hill walkers, some munros within a 45 minute drive. Head for the empty white-sand beaches at Ganavan or Tralee on Benderloch for some great views.
Bracing sea air and local spring water add their notes to local whisky production, from Oban Distillery to island distilleries, each offering tours and tastings.
Oban makes for an excellent base to explore the historic attractions that are found scattered across the miles of dramatic shorelines and mountainous landscape. With a history rooted in the foundation of Scotland and its clans, there's plenty of historic attractions to explore.
Castle Stalker sits prominent on a rocky outcrop in Loch Linnhe, close to Portnacroish, as you approach Oban from the north. The dramatic location of this privately owned castle is a visual highlight as you explore the area by car or bike.
Once captured by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, 13th century Dunollie Castle lies a couple of miles to the north of Oban and overlooks the waters of Loch Linnhe that lie to the north.
Within walking distance from Oban Bay Hotel, Dunollie Castle sits above the town offering spectacular views of Oban Bay and the island of Kerrara. Along with the castle, visitors can explore the museum and grounds.
Oban is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering everything from walking to water-based activities include kayaking and fishing, from sea angling to fishing on trout lochs. Permits and hire boats are available locally.
Oban is nestled in the protected Oban Bay with a natural harbour guarding against the waters of the Atlantic Ocean which ebbs and flows with the tide. The shore line, islands and hills are all shaped by the weather with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches providing a dramatic backdrop to your break in this beautiful area of Scotland's west coast.
Seafari offer sightseeing trips to nearby islands and to spot wildlife including whales, porpoises, sea eagles and sea otters.
The third largest whirlpool in the world can be experienced on a sightseeing boat trip from Oban or Easdale, which is a short drive to the south and involves crossing the "Bridge over the Atlantic" to Seil Island.
The waters in and around Oban are ideal for kayaking, with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with local wildlife. There are several local companies that offer kayak hire and tours.
Being the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, a day trip to the Isle of Mull, Lismore or Kerrera is easy to organise and will allow you to experience the wildlife, beaches and historic castles that these islands have to offer. For longer stays take a trip to, Iona, a small island which can be covered by foot or bicycle in a day or head to Tobermory, the main town on the Isle of Mull that is a fishing port with lots of character and things to see and do. South of Oban, a popular place to visit is the Isle of Seil.
Oban Bay Hotel sits on Corran Esplanade at the more quiet end of the town. On the road to the beach at Ganavan Sands, yet a short stroll into the town centre with it's shops, cafés and bars. The train station connects with Glasgow and Calmac ferries connect to most west coast islands such as Mull, Islay, Coll and further afield to the Outer Hebrides. By car - If you are driving from the south, take the A82 to Tyndrum and join the A85 to Oban. If you are coming from the north, take the A82 and cross the Ballachulish Bridge. At the roundabout, take the Oban A828 exit. Follow the road across the Connel Bridge and at the T-junction turn left for Oban. By train - First ScotRail runs trains from Queen Street Station in Glasgow. By ferry - Mull, Colonsay and the Western Isle ferries berth a short stroll from our hotel. By plane - The nearest airports are Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Gateway to the islands
Oban train station 1 mile
Dunstaffnage, Dunollie and Castle Stalker
Coastal and hill walks
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Views down the Sound of Kerrera
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