Oban Travel Guide

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    Oban and the Bay
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    A ferry departs the Isle of Mull
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Oban Things to Do

  • Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

    On a rainy day as we drove from Oban to the Kyle of Lochalsh we dropped into the watery world of The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary 10 miles north of Oban. Fortunately most of it is under a roof so it is possible to watch the creatures of the deep while remaining dry.The Centre nestles among the pine trees on the shores of Loch Creran - one of the most...

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  • Oban

    Oban exists in its sheltered bay because of the sea. It is the main ferry terminus for Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree and Lismore; and there are also sailings from here to Barra and South Uist in the Western Isles. Oban is also the centre for the west coast sailing scene. On West Highland Week a series of yacht races take place here. A marina on...

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  • Isle of Mull

    Frequent ferries depart from Oban to the Isle of Mull. A day-trip is easily possible, though many choose to stay on the island or continue to some of the more remote islands. The ferry arrives in the small village of Craignure, on the southern part of the island. When you arrive at Craignure, you will see a veritable fleet of tour buses waiting to...

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Oban Restaurants

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  • Delightful Seafood on Kerrera

    This was the best meal we had in Scotland. Situated in the marina on the nearby island of Kerrera, Waypoint Bar and Grill offers a wonderful place for a meal, especially after enjoying one of the many walking trails on the island. An added advantage is that the ferry ride is free if you eat at the restaurant (show your receipt on the return trip)....

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  • Microbrewery in Oban

    Everyone knows Oban has its own whisky distillery, but did you know they had a beer brewery as well? Cuan Mor is the upscale but casual outlet for the Oban Bay Brewery. The restaurant features fine bay views, good service, tasty food... and the various Oban Bay Ales on draught, brewed in the back of the building. Also open on request is the small...

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  • Quiet atmosphere and tasty food

    As I was doing research, I noticed Coaster's calls itself a "Wine Bar." We mistook it for an upscale pub and had dinner there. The food and service were very good, with excellent views out onto Oban Bay. You need to try and get there early if you want one of the better seats, but we were happy with our view even from the back of the restaurant. I...

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Oban Nightlife

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  • Cosy

    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...

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  • An old haunt

    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...

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  • My Sort of Bar!

    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...

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Oban Transportation

  • Oban 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

    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...

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  • Oban Train Station

    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...

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  • Oban Supermarket and More

    Tesco, a common supermarket chain in Scotland, runs this store which is open long hours (6AM - Midnight Mon-Sat, 8AM - 10PM Sun), 7 days per week. If you are self-catering, this place will get you the meals and beverages you need at reasonable prices. When you do visit, save your receipt, as sometimes you get a small discount on your bill the next...

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  • Wonderful Scotch Whisky!

    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...

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Oban Local Customs

  • Weekend - Glasgow and Whisky...

    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...

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  • Cute Doggies

    Sure seems like a strange way to transport your animals. As seen propped up against a shop window in Oban, two cute terriers in a basket on the front of a bike. Wonder if they have seatbelts!

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  • No smoking

    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...

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Oban Warnings and Dangers

  • No Priority needed

    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.

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  • Trying to get a taxi on a Saturday...

    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...

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  • What happened to my cruise liner?

    You are at the mercy of the island and ocean unless they get this cruise liner serviced.....luckily it was not long.

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Oban Tourist Traps

  • Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

    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...

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  • If you are not a member of the National...

    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...

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Oban What to Pack

  • Midgie Repellent or Suffer!

    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...

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  • All-weather wear

    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!

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  • Bring a plastic bag to take your litter...

    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...

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Oban Off The Beaten Path

  • RARE BREEDS FARM PARK

    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...

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  • West Coast Diving

    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...

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  • Baile Mor

    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...

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Oban Sports & Outdoors

  • Kayaking

    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...

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  • Argyll Shukokai

    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...

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  • Morning Bird Bath

    On the way to gather breakfast supplies, I noticed several birds gathering along the bay. It was quite a sight, but unfortunately I had forgotten my camera. I did bring my camera the next morning, and sure enough, there were the birds again, though not quite as many as the previous morning. My bird identification skills have proven to be somewhat...

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  • General Info

    * Oban Tourist Information CentreArgyll SquareOban PA34 4AN- Te.l: (+44) 01631 56 31 22- Fax: (+44) 01631 56 42 73- Internet: www.oban.org.uk- E. mail: info@oban.org.uk

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  • Go out of your way to discover hidden...

    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.

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