Encompassed by miles of dramatic coastline and beautiful countryside, this seaside town is the gateway to some of Scotland's most popular Islands, with ferries sailing from it's port to Mull, Coll and Tiree to name but a few. Oban means "little bay" in Gaelic and is also called the Seafood Capital of Scotland.
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Oban is a busy town with fantastic accommodation and plenty of dining out venues offering an amazing number of award-winning restaurants. Shops fill the main street selling gifts, souvenirs and everyday items. This popular town offers a wide variety of activities and day trips. Oban nightlife is very impressive for a such a small area, there are also numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses.
WHAT TO SEE & DO IN OBAN
McCaig's Tower -
McCaig's Tower is a favourite attraction in Oban. The Colloseum like tower overlooks Oban, the dream of the banker John Stuart McCaig. The tower stands nearly 70 metres above sea level and is 10 minutes walk uphill from the centre of the town, providing panoramic views over the town and onto the neighboring islands. Due to McCaig's untimely death, the tower was never completed, but still serves its purpose as a monument to his family.
Oban Distillery -
Oban Distillery is well worth a visit too. Located in the heart of the town beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, it is unmistakeable by its tall chimney. Built in 1794, this is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky.
There are many other great visitor attractions in Oban including Highland Games, Festivals and many other events running throughout the year. For a small seaside town, Oban nightlife is on the map, with various bars and restaurants open from early till late. There is also a leisure centre, you can enjoy a boat trip to some of the surrounding sights, and with bike hire and a local cinema, the whole family will be kept entertained.
Oban has many Hotels, Guest Houses and B & Bs to suit your taste and budget.
Royal Hotel built in 1895, is a 3 star hotel just 550 yards from Oban Railway Station and Oban Ferry Terminal. Offering ensuite rooms, TV, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Rooms are traditionally decorated, many with tartan soft furnishings. The restaurant serves traditional Scottish food and has a whisky bar. The bar and lounge serve light meals and they have a coal fire. Enjoy Scottish music in the evenings.
With close proximity to the port, the Royal Hotel Oban offers easy access to the Islands of Mull and Iona. The Oban Distillery and the War and Peace Museum are a 10 minute walk.
Barriemore Guest House is rated a 4 star and is located on the waterfront. This delightful Victorian townhouse offers stylish ensuite rooms with free WiFi, TV, radio, an iPod docking station and hairdryer.
With an extensive breakfast menu you can enjoy hot and cold dishes sourced locally in the bright and spacious dining room.
Also from the conservatory lounge enjoy views of Oban Bay and the island of Kerrera. The Barriemore was built by John S McCaig, the same man who built Oban's splendid McCaig's Tower.
Barriemore Guest House is a short walk to Oban town centre and Oban Ferry Port. Take a stroll into the town centre and sample locally caught seafood from one of the many award-winning restaurants. Enjoy a drink in a variety of pubs along the way.
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