4/5 - Good
Verified traveller2 Oct. 2019
Very nice little town, picturesque.
This waterfront town offers a range of typical Scottish delights, including a famous distillery, evocative castle ruins and dramatic, wild landscapes.
The crescent-shaped port of Oban is one of the most picturesque destinations in northern Scotland. Explore the old buildings lining the hills of this Highland town and observe the boats coming and going from the bustling harbor.
Scan the buildings of Oban and look for McCaig's Tower, the striking monument shaped like a coliseum. Climb the hill to reach the tower and rest in its walled garden, where you can peer out through its arches for views of the ocean and the island of Kerrera.
Directly beneath the tower is Oban Distillery, immediately identifiable by its red chimney. Tour the building to see the age-old whiskey-making processes and sip a sample of finely crafted single malt. The town grew around the distillery, which was built in 1794.
Learn more about Oban’s history at the Oban War and Peace Museum, located in an old newspaper headquarters. The town also features two cathedrals, including the unique St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, an unfinished structure that combines stonework with metal girders.
Take a trip to two castles located near the town. Dunollie Castle, a ruin from the Iron Age, contains a museum displaying clan artifacts gathered from the local area. Dunstaffnage Castle, about a 10-minute drive north of Oban, is an imposing medieval fortress with an adjoining chapel.
Oban is sometimes referred to as the “Seafood Capital of Scotland.” Sample the day's catch in one of the many celebrated restaurants in town.
Glasgow Airport, which has frequent flights to the rest of the U.K. and to international destinations, is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away from Oban. Trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow operate regularly from Oban's station, which is located next to the ferry terminal.
Oban has an attractive coastal setting, which makes it a particularly popular summer destination. Visit in spring or fall for a quieter experience or arrange your trip for May to attend the Highland and Islands Music and Dance Festival.
Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019
Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
See the views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands from the platform of Oban’s most unusual landmark.
Spend a few hours wading, strolling or building sandcastles at this lovely Blue Flag beach.
Trace the rich and colorful history of this ruined 13th-century fortress, the site of heroic battles, royal residences and political imprisonments.
Dive deep into the beauty and heritage of the West Highlands on this full-day guided tour. From glistening lochs and verdant mountains to picturesque towns and rugged glens, Scotland's natural beauty is sure to amaze you.
From Edinburgh we travel west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the TV series Outlander & cult movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’).
Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real men, women and children who were tried and served their sentences in this prison. Visit the Courtroom; explore the Cells in the Old and New Prisons; try out the wooden beds and hammocks; sample the punishments; experience the Whipping Table; take your turn at the Crank Wheel.
The journey to the western Highlands starts with a trip passing through the vibrant city of Glasgow and across the River Clyde, before turning north towards the Trossachs National Park.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Oban VisitScotland iCentre, Columba Buildings 3 North Pier, Oban PA34 5QD Scotland We meet our guests outside (unless we've arranged to collect you from your accommodation) and start our tour on North Pier - one of three piers in Oban.
This private tour of the Highlands features a drive through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond National park , passing Loch Lubhair and Loch Lubnaig and going through Crianlarich and Tyndrum . We offer optional stops in Callendar on the way as we head north into the Highlands .
Verified traveller26 May 2019
Quaint town with some lovely restaurants. Ferry to Mull and Iona worth the visit.