Oban

Just 15 miles away, Oban is the main ferry port to the islands which earned it the name of “Gateway to the Isles”.

As the capital of North Argyll, Oban offers the visitor a wealth of things to see and do. It’s situated in a crescent-shaped bay on the west coast of Scotland, and many people take a trip to the town en route to the islands of Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree, Barra and Colonsay.  To find out more about ferry times and island hopping opportunities check out the Calmac website.

McCaig’s Tower  is the name of the Coliseum-inspired tower which looms high above the town.  It was built in 1897 by a local resident as a monument to his family, and whilst the full building plans never came to fruition, it still offers an enchanting place to visit and marvel at the spectacular views over the town and across to the neighbouring islands. Expect a steep climb to the top.

Dunollie Castle, once a stronghold of the MacDougall clan, also overlooks the entrance to the bay at Oban and offers an interesting place to visit and learn about local history whilst enjoying the surrounding castle grounds and scenery.

Lovers of whisky should head to one of Scotland’s oldest and smallest distilleries, which can be found right in the heart of Oban. Dating back to 1794, the distillery gives visitors the opportunity to see how whisky is produced and enjoy a wee dram.

Three miles north of Oban, the Ocean Explorer Centre offers a great chance for youngsters and adults to enjoy hands-on activities of all things related to the sea.

There is the ever popular Sealife Centre just north of Oban in Benderloch. See seals, otters and native salt water animals up close without getting wet at Oban’s top attraction! Explore the Terry Nutkins Nature trail and see animals in their natural habitat.

Just 15 miles away there is the Inverawe Smokery & Country Park. Boasting a traditional smokehouse, one of the finest stocked fisheries in the country, Nature Trails, Walks and a fantastic Smokery Shop and Cafe its a popular day out.

When the sun comes out, visitors to Oban should head to Ganavan Sands, just north of the town. This stunning Blue Flag beach has beautiful views out to the islands and is adjacent to a lovely coastal walk.  See what the weather is like today by checking out the Oban Webcams.

For details on forthcoming events and festivals in and around Oban the What’s On is an excellent place to start.