Oban Transportation

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    Oban Airport

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 16, 2014

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    Road to the Airport

    Oban has a small airport (IATA Code: OBN) from which Hebridean Air provides service to the islands of Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, and Islay. The airport is not far from the Connel Ferry train station on the Oban-Glasgow line. West Coast Buses 005 and 405 also stop at the airport.

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    Oban Ferry Terminal

    by travelfrosch Written Jan 4, 2014

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    Caledonian MacBrayne operates a very active ferry terminal, with regular service to various islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, including Mull, Colonsay, Islay, Lismore, Berra, and South Uist, with ongoing connecting service to islands such as Iona. The terminal building is located in the same area as the train and bus stations. Among the options are day trips, multi-day round trips, and "hopscotch" tours. For our part, we took a day trip to Craignure on the Isle of Mull and had a fine time. Tickets are available in advance online, or in person at the ticket window inside the terminal. Ferries are huge, and there is generally no need to book passage in advance for foot passengers, though advance reservation is advisable if you wish to take a car. Up-to-date timetables and fares are available on the "Calmac" website.

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    Oban Train Station

    by travelfrosch Written Dec 2, 2013

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    Oban has a modest train station a few steps from the ferry docks. Between 2 and 4 daily trains make the roughly 3-hour trek between Oban and Glasgow's Queen Street station. Be aware the last train of the day departs Oban just after 6PM. If you find yourself caught needing to get from Fort William to Oban or vice versa on a Sunday (when the buses don't run), you can make it by train with a change in Crianlarich. The ride doesn't break any land speed records, but the scenery can be spectacular. Minifrosch certainly enjoyed the various lochs and highlands as we passed through.

    Oban's train station is small, but it does have a ticket office, a small waiting area, luggage lockers, a kiosk selling coffee and snacks, and (pay) WCs (rest rooms) with changing tables.

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    Oban is the gateway to the Isles

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a popular folk song in Scotland called road to the Isles but really for most Island visits you will need the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Oban. There are regular sailings to most of the Inner & Outer Hebrides under construction with some new photos

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    By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    by Redang Written Nov 16, 2008

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    * How to get there:
    From Glasgow, road A 82, then, A 85.

    * Road distances to Oban from:
    - Glasgow: 148 kms.
    - Edinburgh: 198 kms.
    - Leeds: 497 kms.
    - London: 814 kms.

    Checking the website, you will find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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    Slow Train To Oban

    by stevezero Written May 27, 2006

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    There is a regular train service run by Scotrail,between Glasgow and Oban. It is a great way to arrive at the town, and it one of the worlds most scenic rail journeys. The line continues on up to Fort William and Mallaig.

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    Gateway to the Isles

    by stevezero Written May 27, 2006

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    The town's south pier is the embarkation point for car ferries to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay. From these islands you can travel further afield to Iona, Staffa and to many of the smaller less well known isles.

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    Cruising the Isles on Cal-Mac

    by LaineBelle Written Nov 17, 2005

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    Oban harbor from the Cal-Mac Ferry

    The Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac Ferry) provides ferry services to twenty-two islands and four peninsulas spread over the West Coast of Scotland. I used it to travel between Oban and Craignure on the Isle of Mull. From Craignure there are bus connections to Tobermory, Isle of Iona, and a number of villages on Mull.

    It took about 45 minutes to travel from Oban to Craignure. You have time to have a cup of coffee or tea from the snack shop and watch the landscape.

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    The Only way through the remote glens

    by scottishvisitor Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    Snow Poles through the glens

    A car is a must for travelling the lesser roads through the glens. The roads are narrow & winding with little chances to pass. Enjoy the stunning scenery & drive at your leisure - the locals behind you know the roads well & will pass you by safely. The picture was taken on the A819 on the road to Inverary check out the snow poles at the sides of the road.

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    Explore the Islands

    by antz Written Jul 30, 2005

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    The ferry is in!

    As I have already mentioned, Oban is the Gateway to the Isles. From here you can get a ferry to a large number of islands off of the west coast of Scotland such as Mull, Iona, Tiree, Coll and many more.

    The ferry terminal is very well signposted in Oban and very easy to get to.

    I have to admit that it has been a long time since I actually got on a ferry and it was to go to Mull - which is a great island to visit. I really will have to try and do a bit of island hopping!!

    Check out the website below for prices and ferry times.

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    Getting There

    by keeweechic Written Nov 16, 2002

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    It takes about 3 hours to get to Oban by either car, coach (Citylink) or train (Scotrail) if you are coming from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
    Boats run to most of the islands from Oban, Mallaig and Ullapool.

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    CAL MAC FERRIES

    by hevbell Updated Feb 12, 2004

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    Ferry sailing to Mull

    Caledonian MacBrayne ferries run a number of services from Oban ferry terminal to the nearby Inner Hebrides including Mull and Colonsay.

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    Cruiseliners take you from Oban to other islands

    by Kodi01 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    It had been a long time since i was on a big ship. It was a gentle relaxing journey to the island of Mull

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