Oban, variously known as the seafood capital of Scotland as well as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, is the largest town in Argyll.
It overlooks Oban Bay and has everything a local or tourist could need to make them comfortable including plenty of restaurants (some of which are award-winning), cafes, bars and pubs, a range of accommodation options, and a number of different activities to enjoy.
The area of Oban has been occupied since Mesolithic times, and there are a number of artefacts that can be seen in various places around the town. These artefacts date from prehistoric times through to the modern day, and show just how important Oban has been over the millennia.
McCraig’s Tower is something not to be missed – and it’s impossible to do so since it is featured on many postcards, paintings, and gifts around the town. It’s a hard walk to get there, all uphill, but the views from the top are spectacular, and well worth the effort to get there.
Another exciting place to visit is the ruins of Dunollie Castle. If you prefer a building as opposed to ruins (or you simply like your history) why not also visit Dunstaffnage Castle which is two miles from Dunollie and is full of fascinating facts, figures, and information about the past.
Did you know that Oban has one of the oldest producers of single malt Scotch whisky in its midst? It’s Oban Distillery (which dates back to 1794), another site open to the public, and its famous tall chimney can be seen for many miles around.
Ferries from Oban, Scotland
|Oban Coll||8 weekly||2¼ hours||See prices °|
|Oban Port Askaig||2 weekly||4 hours||See prices °|
|Oban Castlebay||8 weekly||3¾ hours||See prices °|
|Oban Colonsay||7 weekly||2¼ hours||See prices °|
|Oban Lismore||4 daily||1 hour||See prices °|
|Oban Craignure||10 daily||¾ hour||See prices °|
|Oban Tiree||8 weekly||3¼ hours||See prices °|
|Oban Lochboisdale||5 weekly||6½ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries
Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Oban sailing on a cruise ship.
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The Ferry Terminal, Oban, PA34 4LE, United Kingdom