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ObanUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Oban

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Ranald Hotel
The Ranald Hotel
3.5 out of 5
41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
The price is AU$145 per night from 30 Sep. to 1 Oct.

Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (127 reviews)

"Perfect for the ferry. Clean and practical and well priced"…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 2020

The Ranald Hotel
The Scot
The Scot
3 out of 5
2 George St, Oban, Scotland
The price is AU$155 per night from 6 Oct. to 7 Oct.

Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (87 reviews)

"Comfortable rooms, quick check in, good location, private car park"…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2020

The Scot
Wide Mouthed Frog
Wide Mouthed Frog
4 out of 5
The price is AU$196 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Situated in Oban, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Loch Linnhe, Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Ganavan Sands. Connel Bridge and Oban War and Peace ...

4/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"Friendly staff excellent breakfast and a spacious clean room"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2020

Wide Mouthed Frog

Holiday Rentals in Oban

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Ranald Apartments
The Ranald Apartments
4 out of 5
41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
The price is AU$172 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Situated in Oban, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral ...

3.8/5Good! (9 reviews)
Great stay in a perfect location

"Our 2 night stay was lovely. Room was clean and tidy, few small snags in the shower taking time to drain and i had to clean the shower hose which had a bit of grime on it, I am a bit of a clean freak so orhers may not have noticed! Other than that the room was spotless, had all things required for ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020

The Ranald Apartments
Achaleven Byre
Achaleven Byre
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Oban, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connel Bridge and Loch Linnhe. Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Tralee Beach are also within 6 miles ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
First time in the West Coast

"Just an overnight stop near Oban. Lovely accomodation. Very clean. Owner very friendly and helpful ."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2020

Achaleven Byre
Sunnybrae Caravan Park
Sunnybrae Caravan Park
3 out of 5
The price is AU$265 per night from 29 Sep. to 30 Sep.

Situated on the waterfront, this campsite is 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from Clachan Bridge and 7.1 mi (11.5 km) from Ardmaddy Wishing Tree. Kilmeford Church and Arduaine ...

Sunnybrae Caravan Park

Popular places to visit in Oban

Ganavan Sands
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Ganavan Sands

Spend a few hours wading, strolling or building sandcastles at this lovely Blue Flag beach.

McCaig's Tower
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McCaig's Tower

4.5/5(8 reviews)

See the views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands from the platform of Oban’s most unusual landmark.

Oban War and Peace Museum
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Oban War and Peace Museum

Discover the history of Oban and its military involvement at this compact yet compelling little museum.

Top activities in Oban

Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Tour from Glasgow
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Tour from Glasgow

AU$80
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban & Inveraray Full-Day Tour
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Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban & Inveraray Full-Day Tour

AU$80
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Oban, Kilchurn Castle and Inveraray - Spanish Tour Guide
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Oban, Kilchurn Castle and Inveraray - Spanish Tour Guide

AU$80
Per adult
West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles from Edinburgh
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West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles from Edinburgh

AU$91
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Highlands of Scotland private day tour
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Highlands of Scotland private day tour

AU$45
Per adult
Oban To Edinburgh Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur
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Oban To Edinburgh Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur

AU$725
Per adult

Reviews of Oban

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Top Destination

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Forbes

1 Feb. 2020

Excellent scenery, great food, lovely shopping area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Nov. 2019

Beautiful seaside town, good selection of restaurant. Would certainly book in advance if going in summer

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Oct. 2019

Very nice little town, picturesque.

4/5 - Good

Marina

12 Sep. 2019

Poured down most of the time, but good selection of places to eat and ferry service was smooth.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jul. 2019

Oban is Oban, unique, charming, gateway to the Isles. Touristy friendly and safe. Visit Oban, its an experience. Seafood is heavenly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jun. 2019

I really love liked Oban. The shops and eating options were plentiful and the town is based around a pretty harbor.

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