Local Oban Area Information

It's no secret that the weather in Scotland is not always predictable.  However as Billy Connolly once said, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.'


Whatever the weather our area is spectacular, ever changing and waiting to be explored. 

Sea Eagles and Whales can be spotted on boat tours to suit everyone.  Stunning scenery at every turn, whether you are high on a hill or having a relaxing drive through a majestic glen.

Beaches are never far from you and are popular spots for activities like wild swimming and paddleboarding to name a couple.  A sunny summers day on a quiet west coast beach will make you feel far away from your cares.

The area is rich in history; castles whose stories reach far back, celtic remnants of an even more distant past, slate quarries from our more recent past on islands such as Easdale or Luing, monuments with a story to tell and ancient woodlands offering tranquil walks and wildlife spotting.

Hiking trails, Munro summits, wild swimming, gorge walking, kayaking, paddleboarding, island hopping, castles, wildlife, fishing, horse riding, shopping, delicious eateries of all types, whisky, golf courses, cycling, history in abundance, monumental view points.  Our handy guide below holds helpful contact information for planning your trip.

If this all seems like a whole lot of work when you're on holiday then our busy little town is the perfect place for you to seek out a comfy seat, order a glass of your favourite and while away the time people watching or with a good book.

The local area has a wealth of exciting places to eat.  

Treat yourself to sampling local seafood, chocolate made in town and be sure not to miss a taste of Oban Whisky.  We are a busy wee town in the summer so it is always wise to book ahead if you want to eat at or visit somewhere in particular.  Contact details can be found below.

As well as great restaurants and cafes, Oban has a variety of pubs and bars so you can stay out as late as you like or get home early enough to catch one of the stunning sunsets perfectly viewed from Barriemore Oban.

As 'Gateway to the Isles'  basing yourself in Oban means you can visit numerous islands - Kerrera, Lismore, Mull, Iona, Tiree, Barra and many more.  Calmac are the ferry operator and all timetables along with tickets can be found on their website.

Top recommendations -

  1. McCaigs Tower, historical viewpoint with stunning views of Oban, Oban Bay and the islands that surround our coastline.
  2. Oban Whisky distillery - an informative tour with a nip of whisky to finish
  3. Oban chocolate shop - delicious, locally made chocolate based treats with a viewing window to see the magic happen.
  4. A boat trip - choose from wildlife, fishing or thrills and adventure.
  5. Play a round at the challenging Oban golf course.
  6. Climb a hill or choose a hiking trail to experience our landscape away from the biz of modern life.
  7. Visit an island, enjoy the ferry crossing and experience the more relaxed pace of life you find there.
  8. Eating fresh Seafood on Oban pier.
  9. Make time to just sit and be with a west coast sunset filling the sky, with stunning reflections on calm seas.
  10. Visit Kilmartin Glen for a journey back into past times.

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