Oban

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Oban which includes a coastal town

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.

The Great Western Hotel
The Great Western Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is AU$104 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in Oban, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of St. John's Cathedral, Oban Distillery and Oban Ferry Terminal. Loch Linnhe is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Oban ...
3.5/5 Good! (135 reviews)
"Nice friendly and helpful staff. Nice room with sea view, right above my car park space. Car space was £6 per day"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

The Great Western Hotel
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
The price is AU$218 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Oban Ferry Terminal and Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (530 reviews)
"It was so quite and just chilled"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa
Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
The price is AU$534 per night from 7 Jan. to 7 Jan.
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Linnhe and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tralee Beach. Scottish Sealife Sanctuary and Connel Bridge ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"We stayed here many years ago it was really special, staff were all in kilts, they fed badgers at the door!! Now its lost that unique touch, still a lovely hotel but there it ends 😔we only stayed one night and i heard them say they didnt change the menu think you would struggle if you stayed longer ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa
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The Ranald Apartments
The Ranald Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is AU$160 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Situated in Oban, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of McCaig's Tower, Oban Distillery and Oban Ferry Terminal. Loch Linnhe is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (24 reviews)
"Liked the location of the property, just a short walk into the town which is great"

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2021

The Ranald Apartments
Seabank House
Seabank House
4.5 out of 5
Seabank, Benderloch, Oban, Scotland
Nestled on the beach, this Oban villa is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Tralee Beach. Connel Bridge is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Brilliant place in a quiet, scenic location. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. Will be back!"

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2019

Seabank House
The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests  in 11 bedrooms
The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests in 11 bedrooms
Dalriach Rd, Oban, SCT
This family-friendly Oban cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St. John's Cathedral and Oban Distillery. Oban Ferry Terminal and Loch Linnhe are also within ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Breathtaking Oban Oasis!
"The Drury is, in a single word, spectacular! We could not have been happier with our stay in this gorgeous and elegantly furnished mansion, located directly in the heart of beautiful Oban, with territorial views of the entire town and harbor below. From its private car park to its hot tub, playroom, ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2019

The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests in 11 bedrooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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