Oban, this popular West Coast Scottish town was once a fishing village, it is known as ‘The Gateway to the Highlands’. It has a busy ferry port which attracts many travellers. Whether you use Oban as a base to explore the neighbouring islands and surrounding areas or for a short stay stopover you will find plenty of attractions to visit and enjoy.
You can walk along the Esplanade stopping to watch the boats and ferries’ going about their business, the harbour is so picturesque, and sunsets over the bay are amazing.
There are many boat trips available including special trips to see the seals, also day ferry trips to nearby islands. If you would like more details on the boat/ferry time-tables you need to contact the Oban Tourist Information Centre which is housed in a converted church on Argyle Square or at www.oban.org.uk they should be able to help you with up to date information for the time you are visiting the town.
A landmark of the town is McCaig’s Tower; some call it McCaig’s Folly as it was never finished. It was a replica of Rome’s Colosseum built over a century ago by banker John McCaig as a memorial to his family and to give employment to local stonemasons. You can walk up to the top of the hill it is a fairly steep climb but well worth the effort, on a clear day you will see some magnificent views across the bay.
Oban has a variety of shops the main shopping area is George Street the small lanes leading off are worth exploring there are shops and cafes around Argyle Square. Nearby is the Oban Distillery Visitor Centre (no entry for under 8s) which dates back to around 1800, you get a very interesting, informative guided tour, with a taster at the end! Well worth doing.
There are many choices of accommodation with plenty of B&B’s, Guest Houses, and Hotels to choose from as well as out of town cottages and lodges, if you prefer self-catering, and the freedom that brings. There are hostels in Oban and a camping/caravan park two miles south-west of the town.
You will find restaurants serving fresh sea-food dishes and cafes for snacks etc. The town has a cinema and a leisure centre that includes a swimming pool which might be of interest to some of you. Bicycle hire is available in the town for those of you who enjoy cycling.
A visitor attraction for the children is to be found at the Rare Breeds Farm Park situated on the Glencruitten Road about 2 miles from Oban, (it closes in October). Approximately 11 miles north of Oban is the Oban Sea-Life Centre another suitable attraction if you are on holiday with children.
Two miles from Oban is Ganavan Beach a lovely picturesque place to spend some time with a nice sandy beach. Another attraction you might like to visit is Dunstaffnage Castle which has belonged to the Campbell’s since 1470! It is two miles from the centre of Oban.
Oban is in a beautiful area of Scotland and is a delightful holiday destination.