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Bay Great Western Hotel, Oban

Western Scotland

Bay Great Western Hotel

Customer Rating: (14 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • A pleasant walk from the shops and harbour
  • Magnificent views of the bay can be seen from the two large lounge areas, bar and front facing rooms
  • A myriad of sightseeing opportunities
  • A pleasant walk from the shops and harbour of popular Oban

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Hotel information

Oban is your gateway to the serene lochs and timeless beauty of the Western Isles. This charming town is an extremely popular destination and enjoys the title of seafood capital of Scotland.

There is much to see and do and a stay at the Great Western is the perfect way to make the most of the region’s highlights. The hotel has an interesting history being built originally to accommodate passengers from the new Great Western line in the 19th-century. Today the property is ideally located in the centre of the curving esplanade and is just a pleasant walk from the shops and harbour. Guests can enjoy fantastic views of the bay and Kerrera Island from the two large and comfortable lounge areas, bar and front bedrooms, from where you can often admire spectacular sunsets. The very spacious entertainment suite provides the perfect place to enjoy our seasonal quality entertainment and a break here is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is a public car park nearby, charges apply

Great for

  • Walking

Bay Great Western Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite with separate bath and shower
  • Luxurious four poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen television
  • Large bedroom with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Great Western Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Great Western Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone

Bay Great Western Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Great Western Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom.

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point
  • The above image represents a typical Standard Room

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


The "Gateway to the Isles". Oban lies on an unspoilt coastline at the foot of woods and hills. Encircled by magical seascapes and landscapes, it offers great scope for the naturalist and island hopper!

How to get there

By Car:


Leave the A82 to join the A85 at Dalmally. The Hotel is on Corran Esplanade on the Town Centre, just off George Street and Dunollie Road.


From the A82, join the A828 following signs for Oban, when you reach the T-Junction, turn left onto the A85. The Hotel is on the Corran Esplanade in the Town Centre AA Roadwatch 09003 401100.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is a public car park nearby, charges apply

By Train:

The railway station is situated approximately one quarter of a mile from the Hotel. Oban’s station is served by trains from the Queen Street Station in Glasgow. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950).

By National Express:

National Express operates services to Glasgow. Enquiry line is 08705 808080. Scottish Citylink operates services from Glasgow to Oban. Enquiries to 08705 505050.

Bay Great Western Hotel

Corran Esplanade


Argyll & Bute

PA34 5PP

Res: 01631 563101

Tel: 01631 563101

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Oban:

  • Boats to the Isle of Mull
  • Tiree and Colonsay
  • Fort William
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Kilchurn Castle
  • Salmon Centre
  • Iona, Coll
  • Glencoe
  • Inveraray
  • Oban Distillery

Local Insight

Oban is an ideal place from which to enjoy tours into the majestic highland landscape - a landscape steeped in history - whether your inclination is for hill-walking or for sampling the local single malt scotch whisky. A short ferry trip from Oban lies one of Scotland's largest islands, the Isle of Mull. Stepping off the ferry at Craignure, those with a fascination for history can enjoy ancient Duart Castle - once home to the Chief of the Clan MacLean and boasting spectacular views from its battlements - or Torosay Castle, final destination of Scotland’s first island passenger railway.

  • Inveraray Jail
    s a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape. Also, join the UK's top ghost hunters in ghost hunting nights and paranormal investigations. A superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages, Inveraray Jail is a place where you can tour at your own leisure
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  • Arduaine Garden
    Arduaine Garden benefits from the influence of the North Atlantic Drift which moderates both winter cold and summer heat. Many of our plants would not be hardy further inland, but with an average rainfall of 75 inches (1900 mm), together with the shelter of the enclosing trees and shrubs, Arduaine can support a collection of beautiful plants gathered from the four corners of the temperate world, were it to be square. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest, Arduaine Garden is a delightful place to visit at any time.
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  • Duart Castle
    The castle stands on a crag at the end of the peninsular jutting out into the Sound of Mull at the intersection of the sound of Mull, Loch Linne and the Firth of Lorne and within view of the neighbouring castles of Dunstaffnage, Dunollie, Aros and Ardtornish, part of a chain of castles up the Sound of Mull to Mingary Castle. Duart was originally a rectangular wall enclosing a courtyard. In 1350 Lachlan Lubanach, the 5th Chief, married Mary Macdonald, the daughter of the Lord of the Isles and she was given Duart as her dowry.
    Visit their website

  • Cruachan Power Station
    On the shores of Loch Awe and buried deep within Ben Cruachan mountain, the world's first high head reversible pumped storage hydro scheme is housed in a gigantic man-made cavern. The Visitor Centre at Cruachan Power Stations houses a free exhibition area and is the starting point of a guided tour which will both educate and amaze. Here, a short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground. At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London! Here enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity, available to you in your home at the flick of a switch. The hollow mountain is a place like no other. An underground world on a spectacular scale.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking


Entertainment Programme

On Mondays Evenings
On Tuesday Evenings
Robbie Carran
On Wednesday Evenings
Alan Brownlee
On Thursday Evenings
Comedy Vocalist
Des Barton
With Guest Appearance from
Angus McCall – Piper

On Friday Evenings
Instrumental Vocalist
Stephen Quigg
entertain with a great selection of music, song & comedy 
On Saturday Evenings
an evening of entertainment with Vocalist
James Knight

On Sunday Evenings
Vocal Instrumentalist
Michael Garvin

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Steve Jones


rating is 4 stars

5 November 2013

National Holiday Trip

Just arrived back home from a 4 day break, 3 nights at the hotel 2 days travelling. Hotel great, food excellent, staff excellent, entertainment was great on Saturday and Sunday. Room 230 was very clean and could not be faulted. Really enjoyed the whole package and would not hesitate to return.

Norah McIntyre


rating is 3 stars

30 September 2013

Norah McIntyre Glasgow

Hotel looking good looking forward to seeing the rooms when they are finished good value staff helpful the head housekeeper first class and staff on front desk took great care of my brother-in -law who was on oxygen and in a wheel chair all I can say is that a ramp would go down well at the side door will be back next year so looking forward to seeing you all again

C Mills


rating is 3 stars

23 September 2013

Great Western, Oban

Visited Oban for 8 days. Hotel Staff all helpfull, and Friendly. Hotel very clean, dining room tastefully decorated. Food, good selection, cooked and presented well. Room very Clean, well decorated and furnished, Bedding Spotlessly white, best weeks sleep we have had in any hotel. Room warm and lots of hot water. Bathroom needs updating, View out of window was of a tiled roof, with a bit of sky showing. Plus side, we could leave the window open and know it was safe. Will be visiting here again.

Laura Buchanan


rating is 5 stars

2 August 2013

Great Western Hotel Oban

I stayed for one night while doing a 500 mile motorbike run round Scotland for charity and was made to feel so welcome after a long day in the saddle. Couldn’t fault the room clean and comfortable, only had breakfast but it was excellent. Linda the head receptionist is an absolute angel, nothing was a problem, and I am quite sure if there had been a problem she would have sorted it pronto! Looking forward to going back soon!

Boyd Park


rating is 5 stars

24 June 2013

Get up there

Just been on long weekend to this hotel in Oban Value outstanding Staff fantastic Jose waiter could not do enough Food unbelievable Entertainment by James Knight on the Sat wonderful Views tremendous Its not to far by car from South Lanarkshire Book early to get a car space Beats a lot of other Bay hotels we have been at recently others pay attention Would go back in a minute Moaners as usual go elsewhere this is a deal to die for Wonderful weekend Boyd and Betty Hamilton

Susan Bell


rating is 3 stars

4 April 2013

Very Pleasant

We had 5 days at this Hotel and found it a little dated but excellent value for the price ,very clean, lovely food and the staff were very helpful, The view was second to none and we could not fault it Would definitely stay there again.

Tony and Lynne


rating is 2 stars

4 February 2013

Great Western Hotel Oban

First visit to Scotland. I looked at the internet site before arriving and thought we were going to a nice comfortable hotel. I never saw a tablecloth on any of the dining tables at any of the meal times the room on entering was extremely cold we went into the bathroom and I could not believe the state of the bath all the enamel was peeling off and was in a bad state of repair. The towel rail was never on and the wall heater went off after a few minutes. Staff were very friendly.

Denise Sharpe


rating is 4 stars

16 January 2013

Excellent value

Just got back from long weekend. Had a lovely time, room was very large with an unexpected sea view. Very comfy bed and clean. All staff very helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and excellent value for money. The whole weekend was excellent value for money. Will definitely be returning.

Sandra and Brian

East Sussex

rating is 5 stars

21 June 2012

Very Good Recommend

Great Western Hotel Oban 4 of us came to Oban because it was my husband’s 70th birthday and my friends who live in Largs her 65th. the staff did me proud arranging a cake and decorating our table it was a surprise for all we had a memorable evening with the staff on duty joining in the staff were friendly and helpful the food you couldn’t fault the rooms clean the weather excellent Linda the head receptionist went out of her way to help as did the others we will go back. Good location.

Maureen Sullivan

Mold, Flintshire

rating is 4 stars

27 February 2011

Great Western Hotel, Oban

Really enjoyed our winter break at this hotel. Staff were pleasant, good food and hotel was clean and well cared for. Great entertainment from Peter James too. The weather was a bit grim but what else could you expect from the west coast of Scotland in January.

Ian & Maureen


rating is 1 stars

22 February 2011

Our Stay at the Great Western Hotel, Oban

Me and my wife stayed at the Great Western Hotel for our wedding anniversary weekend. I would like to say a big thank you to the staff involved. We were given the best room (I think) at no extra cost, large room, sea view and four poster bed. Very clean and comfortable. The food was very good, the staff very pleasant and friendly. We would recommend the hotel to anybody visiting Oban. Once again, a big thank you. Hope to visit again sometime.

Julie Millington


rating is 3 stars

10 January 2011

Super Room

Super room and superb staff. This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel. The Communal areas are much improved. The hospitality is second to none. Quality of meals not as previously enjoyed.

Barry Wood


rating is 3 stars

9 January 2011


We have just arrived back from the Great Western Hotel in Oban. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves thanks to Jason and the team. Excellent value for money! We will return later in the year.

Heather Noone

West Lothian

rating is 3 stars

17 September 2010

Our Stay in Oban

My friend and I had a three day break at this hotel last year on a self drive holiday and found it to be great value for money. Staff were pleasant and room very comfortable. Food was perfectly acceptable also. Would have enjoyed more evening entertainment, as the weather was inclement at night. However, it did not prevent us from having a great time. Hope to be back soon!

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