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  • Address: Oban
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Surrounded by castles, beaches and west coast islands, the seaside town of Oban is bursting with visitors enjoying fish and chips and peeking into the town’s tearooms and craft shops.

For most visitors, Oban is the jumping off point for a holiday in the Hebridean isles. Ferries run to Lismore, Colonsay, Islay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Barra and South Uist, with Oban being by far the most popular port on Scotland’s northwestern coast. With activities like diving, sea kayaking, hiking and cycling, Oban is also a base for outdoor enthusiasts.

Many of Oban’s visitors choose to climb the steep hill up to MacCaig’s Tower, a Colosseum lookalike with great views across to the isles of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull. Other attractions include Corran Halls theater, Phoenix Cinema, Oban War and Peace Museum and of course, the Oban Distillery. Easy to spot just off the main seafront, Oban Distillery is one of the oldest single malt producers in the country and has been producing whisky since 1794.

There are sights to see just outside of town as well, with the nearby ruins of Dunollie Castle, fortified since the Bronze Age, and the dramatic Dunstaffnage Castle flanked on three sides by the sea and located just a few miles west. Ganavan Sands beach is also two miles away.

Every August, Oban hosts the Highland games known as the Argyllshire Gathering, with all the caber-tossing and bagpipe-blowing anyone could wish for. 

Practical Info

Oban has a railway station which connects to Glasgow Queen Street. There are also several buses that run from Glasgow’s Buchanan bus station each day.

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