Oban

Argyll & Bute | Town | ★★★★

[Oban from the Isle of Kerrera]

Oban is the most bewitchingly beautiful settlement in the West Highlands by a country mile. Set round a crescent bay backed by low hills, the smell of fish is in the air, and usually in the minds of tourists visiting for lunch: make sure you sample the fine local seafood while you're here. This is a wonderful place to stroll along the esplanade, with breathtaking sunsets in good weather. Ferries bound for islands up and down the western seaboard call at all times of day, which along with the railway terminus gives the town a importantly bustling feel. As a key transport hub, too many visitors use Oban solely as a stepping stone en route to destinations across the water. Don't make the same mistake - the attractions in the town centre alone (listed below) are enough to fill a day, with plenty else to do in the local area.

[Oban & McCaig's Tower (26/5/17)]

Location & info

📌 Oban ★★★★
Argyll & Bute. North Pier is at G.R.: NM 858302 ///painting.buildings.invest

🚶 All the local sights are within walking distance of the compact centre, with short but steep hikes up to the best viewpoints for Oban Bay. Dunollie requires a slightly longer walk.
🚌 Oban is a major port, with ferries to many Hebridean islands including Mull, Coll, Tiree and Barra. The town sits at the end of a scenic railway line from Glasgow, and there are buses to Glasgow and nearby West Highland towns. Oban Airport - several miles to the north - has flights to several Hebridean islands, though a ferry would be the more usual option.
🚗 Central car parks charge a fee, with free street parking further away (generally uphill) if you don't mind the extra exercise.



See & do (<1 mi away)

>> McCaig's Tower ★★★
>> Oban Distillery ★★★
>> Oban War and Peace Museum ★★
>> Pulpit Hill (Oban) ★★★
>> St Columba's Cathedral (Oban) ★★★
>> St John's Cathedral (Oban) ★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Dunollie ★★★ (1 mi ↑)
>> Ganavan Sands ★★★ (2 mi ↑)
>> Walk: Kerrera - jewel in the Firth of Lorne ★★★ (2 mi ←)

[View from Pulpit Hill (17/7/17)]

[CalMac ferry passing St Columba's Cathedral (26/5/17)]

[The "Green Shack" near the ferry terminal is the place to go for fresh seafood (26/5/17)]

[George Street (26/5/17)]

[St John's Cathedral (26/5/17)]

[Oban War and Peace Museum (26/5/17)]

[Oban Distillery (26/5/17)]

[Rainbow over Oban Bay (13/6/12)]

[View from the ferry to the Isle of Mull (24/7/17)]

[The sign says it all... (10/9/13)]

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