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The town of Oban, described as Scotland’s ‘Seafood Capital’, has such a great choice of restaurants that you’ll wish you could fit more meals into each day. When you’re not savouring the fresh flavours of Scotland, burn calories walking around the sea sanctuary or enjoy the thrill of a coastal boat trip. Oban gives you a true experience of life by the open waves.

  • Oban Harbour
  • Oban Harbour
  • Oban with the tide out
Oban Harbour Oban Harbour Oban with the tide out
  • This region is great for:
  • Oban is great for Food Food
  • Oban is great for Seaside Seaside
  • Oban is great for Nature Nature
  • Oban is great for Activities Activities

Your guide to Oban

Oban at a glance:
  • The Seafood Capital of Scotland.
  • Excellent attractions including the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy boat trips along the coast, or a sea kayaking experience.
  • Tour local distilleries, including the Oban Distillery, for a true taste of Scotland.
  • Swim or scuba dive alongside basking sharks.

A fascinating town in the west of Scotland, Oban has plenty of attractions and interesting sights for all ages, making it one of the few towns in the region that is well-suited to holidays for all kinds of groups. As with the majority of towns in Scotland, you can expect a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere during your stay.

The town is known to be the Seafood Capital of Scotland, which is quite the claim considering the stiff competition it faces. Yet, when you see the quality and variety of dishes on offer in the cafés and restaurants that are dotted throughout the town, you’re sure to agree whether you’re enjoying a light bite for lunch or a sophisticated and romantic dinner.

Much of Oban’s appeal is linked to the marine setting of the town, with boat trips around the area to spot local wildlife being one of the more popular activities for visitors. If you’re brave enough to try something different and a touch more adventurous then there are facilities for sea kayaking, which will give you a unique perspective of the town and coastline as you enjoy this exciting sport on open water.

If you want to get out of Oban for the day, the harbour serves as a base for ferries that can take you to some of the outlying islands of the nation. For a small fare you can escape to some wonderfully scenic and remote locations including Colonsay, Mull and South Uist, perfect for seeing what life is like away from the mainland.

However if you’ve the kids in tow, you are likely to need something more family-oriented to keep them entertained. Oban has its own SEA LIFE sanctuary, situated on the shores of Loch Creran, where children can see various colourful species of marine life and can take part in a number of fun activities, including feeding the sharks.

If you’re not on a family break and you’re more interested in attractions aimed at the adults, the local whisky distilleries are a great way to learn about one of Scotland’s most famous exports, seeing how the drink is made and sampling some of the fine products on offer. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to buy a few souvenirs to take home at the end of your stay!

Within easy reach of the town there are also golf courses, castles and some excellent countryside walks to enjoy. Book a stay in an Oban Hotel, whether for a short break or a more substantial holiday, and you certainly won’t be stuck for ideas when planning your holiday itinerary.

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Local attractions
  • Cruachan Power Station
    Cruachan Power Station
  • McCaig's Tower
    McCaig's Tower
  • Duart Castle
    Duart Castle
  • Oban Chocolate Company
    Oban Chocolate Company

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