Oban has a small airport (IATA Code: OBN) from which Hebridean Air which 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.
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.
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
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caledonian MacBrayne ferries run a number of services from Oban ferry terminal to the nearby Inner Hebrides including Mull and Colonsay.
It had been a long time since i was on a big ship. It was a gentle relaxing journey to the island of Mull