nice fishing town, ferrry gateway, lots to see and do
very changable weather
Great place to explore the western highlands
It's located a couple of miles north of town on the A85. It dates back to 1220, or so. A stronghold of the McDougall clan.Now a ruin, but worth the visit anyway.A lovely location.Cost £4.50 for an adult. For an older adult (like me), the cost was £3.60. The website gives much more detail, and I'm not going to copy, paraphrase or re-write.We enjoyed...more
We stayed for a night in Oban as part of a packaged tour. Maybe we were "2nd class" tourists and the...more
We've stayed for the last two years and will carry on using it. The staff are friendly and were...more
Don't remember the hotel very well - stayed there with my parents & grandparents in 1979. Nice view...more
The menu in the hotel restaurant looked promising, and the lure of not having to drive was too much for me.It was wonderful. 6 oysters to start, then scallops. We both ordered the same thing. A bottle of New Zealand Gruner Veltliner added to the enjoyment. We even pushed the boat out and had dessert. A chocolate tart, and a cranachan.Lovely views...more
A lucky find. We'd arrived in town after a 3 hour drive, dumped the car in the first car park we found, and set out on foot to find lunch.After rejecting a couple of possibilities, we liked the daily special in this place - langoustines.We weren't disappointed. Mussels to start - one in cream sauce and the other in tomato. Then the langoustines &...more
Ee-usk is the phonetic version of the Gaelic word for fish. You can guess the rest...It is located at the end of the North Pier, with wonderful views of the bay and surrounding landscape, plus all the harbour activity. I had dressed crab followed by fish cakes. Crab is one of my top 5 foods, and this one was wonderful. The fish cakes were super too...more
Aulay's is a bit of a strange bar. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice wee place. The reason I say it is a bit strange is that there are two halfs to it. On one side, there is the public bar, which is where some of the older population tend to drink - a great place if you want to hear tales of old Oban, the odd bit of history. On the other side there...more
Well, O'Donnells has changed since I was a youngster. Or has it? - I popped in for a wee drink not long after moving to Oban. I thought to myself, 'good grief, they're all kids'! Then I remembered - I was a kid when I used to drink here! Maybe it hasn't changed that much after all!O'Donnells is very popular with younger people. There is different...more
Again, this has changed since I came back from Glasgow. I remember this bar being an old man's bar - a spit and sawdust type. At least that was what I was told, I never went in there. Then a couple of years ago, some friends of mine came home for Xmas and went there for a drink - and said it was great!I believe that within the last couple of years...more
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...more
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 photosmore
I didn't take the tour of the distillery - I had toured another the day before and didn't feel like I needed to see another. Now I REALLY wish I had. It is one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky.
It is described as:
Medium sweet and lightly peated, slightly burnt heather quality.
Smooth, lightly sweetand creamy with a very delicate peatiness.
Smoky, dry and delicate.
I didn't have room in my luggage so didn't buy a bottle. Now I could kick myself - really hard. I should have found some way to bring a bottle or two back to the USA. I called my local liquor store when I returned and he priced it at $70+ per bottle. Ouch!
What to buy: If you are a Scotch Whisky drinker, this could be your dream Scotch.
What to pay: 14 year about 35 pounds with VAT
This was part of a forum answer I'd suggest getting the train from Glasgow to Oban, (A lovely view of Loch Awe, and Loch Lomond, especially if the weather is good, and you get from the airport in time, before the light fades) and consider staying at Jeremy Inglis Hostel, which is a bit of a legend, for its Very cheap accommodation, quirkiness, and...more
Law has been passed in Scotland now which makes smoking in public places (ie bars and restaurants) illegal. For this reason, you will huddles of people standing around the entrances to bars having a quick cigarette. I am not sure about some of the other bars, but I do know that the Lorne has a beer garden which is covered overhead and heated, in...more
Some of the B listed roads in Scotland are single track roads. There are signs near to wider sections "Passing Place" where you should pull in if someone wants to pass but more importantly to let on coming drivers through. The general rule is whoever is nearest the passing place stops. So mind your manners & always give the driver a cheery wave.more
Just a quick word of warning - if you have been out on a Saturday night, and are staying further than a few minutes walk away from the centre, I would advise calling a cab in advance or booking one to pick you up. In Oban on a Saturday night, it can get very busy and everyone pours out of the pubs etc all wanting a taxi at the same time. There is...more
There are no entrance fees displayed and we thought our concessionary entrance fee of £12.00 each was excessive to say the least.The suggestion from the marketing material is that this is a seal sanctuary - there are two seals in a tiny pool. The otter enclosure was devoid of life - the two waterfalls were dry and it all pointed to an absence of...more
The entrance fee to Glenco visitor's centre is a bit steep at £5.00 there are two audio visual shows one on the Massacre & the other on mountaineering a few audios telling folk lore stories & the rest pictorial & a lot of reading. You then go to the observation area to see the mountains = mountains are big so you can see them without...more
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You will definitely want something to protect you from the fierce Scottish Midgie if you are here from May through to September, and I would suggest "Avon" (brand name) "Skin So Soft" oil to slap on as it really works. Midgies can make your life a misery if you are outdoors in the calm, so come prepared!You can buy it in local shops, but it is...more
In Oban, we can get all seasons in one day - and I think this is something which is common across all of Scotland! It is a good idea to be prepared if you are going on a day out. A day which starts off sunny, may be raining by lunchtime! This year (2006) it is unseasonally cold. Although we are nearly in June, it is still quite cold and wet!more
Glenco is owned & managed by the National Trust for Scotland. They have an eco friendly policy here, hence there are no litter bins anywhere. So please respect this & take your litter home. If you plan on hill walking or just a stroll hiking boots are a must. The terrain changes & conditions can be very wet & slippery. Climbing the mountains is...more
This is a 30 acre farm park situated a couple of miles outside of Oban up in the hills. They have all kinds of animals there including deer, sheep, goats etc most of which are rare breeds and very cute! There is a pet corner where kids (and adults alike!) can feed and pet the tamer animals.Its a previous winner of the Scottish tourist boards...more
The West Coast of Scotland is a veritable diver's paradise. Many non-divers, or warm water divers ask 'Why would you want to dive there?!' - but once experienced, you will never be able to get enough. Offering some of the clearest waters in Britain and with thousands of dive sites to choose from including sea-lochs, wrecks, tidal races and...more
The most beautiful coast with very white sand, plenty of shells, rocky beach, very clear (ok maybe a tint of blue) water…sitting by the benches and looking out to the coast swept all your troubles away. We took pleasure in our walk along the coast towards the highlands… As we admired the brick-houses facing the coast, in our mind, we longed to live...more
Seafreedom Kayaks offer courses to beginners and more experienced kayakers. The tuition is offered in small groups and is available from May until October. You can sail the open sea or various lochs around the Argyll area.Please note this tip is already starred because I changed the sport. No equipment is necessary as all can be hired from the...more
Well, I am a major karate fan. I did karate for about 8 years when I was younger, and then gave it up when I moved to Glasgow as I couldn't find a club that was suitable. However, now that I have moved back up here, I have joined Argyll Shukokai.This is a great club, and if you are looking at staying in Oban for an extended period of time, and are...more
Travelling around & stopping off when you see an interesting place name is a favourite thing of mine. You will be rewarded with spectacular scenery & hardly anyone about. Discovering places not yet known to me & which really need a return visit to find more lovely lochs & picture perfect places to visit.more
....aware it may be the last I'd get in Scotland.I must say I've been particularly lucky this year, because I got 50% sunny days and no rain at all!If you are lucky enough to come here in a sunny afternoon, Oban can be really enjoyable.Don't miss a walk along the marina and the tiny streetsmore