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Oban is a ferry port and fishing town in Argyll / Scotland, extremely popular for holidays with a large number of hotels and guest houses around the bay.

The image below is from Pulpit Hill on the south side of the town, a popular viewing area where you can walk up to, or drive up.

The large ferry is leaving from the south pier where the train station is situated. The north pier is just across the bay, normaly used for large yachts. The Corran Esplanade runs from the north pier for over half of a mile north, with many hotels and guest houses.

Oban is popular for ferry and boat trips to a number of islands including Mull for the town of Tobermory, Iona for its Abbey, Staffa for Fingals Cave, Kerrera, Lismore, and further out, Barra and South Uist.

Oban Hotels

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Oban Websites

Oban image

The image below is from the south pier looking towards the Caledonian Hotel. This is the centre of Oban with many cafes, restaurants and bar diners. The south pier is where you can take short boat trips up to 1 hour, or longer trips.

The south pier is also where the fishing boats are based, along with seafood stalls where you can sample the fresh local delicacies.

The structure high up on the left is McCaig's Tower, another popular viewing point.

Oban centre image

The image below is from the north pier looking towards the Oban Distillery and McCaig's Tower high above. These are two of the top attractions in the town. You can walk up to the tower, or drive up. The tower was built from 1897 for a local banker John Stuart McCaig, as a monument to his family. The tower is popular for its views and scenic gardens.

Oban Tower image

The image below is from the north pier looking north to the Corran Esplanade with many hotels and guest houses. This is a quieter area of Oban with St Columba's Cathedral in the distance. Most hotels in Oban have views west across the many islands.

Oban Corran Esplanade image

The image below is of St Columba's Cathedral mid way along the Coarran Esplanade. The cathedral was completed in 1959 to designs of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Oban Cathedral image

The image below is of the end of the Corran Esplanade at Dunollie Lighthouse, with Dunollie Castle in the distance. The seating area here is a good spot to watch the ferries entering and departing Oban Bay. The castle ruins and grounds are open to the pulic as a museum with scenic grounds and great views.

About 1 and a half mile past the castle is the scenic Ganavan Sands Beach.

Oban north side image

Oban Links & Attractions:

Islands and Attractions Click on Map

Open Top Bus Tours

Island Ferries

Oban Distillery - Map Reviews PA34 5NH

Oban War & Peace Museum - Map Reviews PA34 5PX

Oban Bay Brewery & Cuan Mor Restaurant - Map Reviews PA34 5SD

The Jetty Gallery - Map Reviews PA34 5NR

Oban Phoenix Cinema - Map Reviews PA34 5NX

Atlantis Leisure Centre - Map Reviews PA34 5JE

Allan's Seal Trips - Map Reviews PA34 4LW

Argyll Sea Tours - from the Corran Esplanade

Coastal Connection boat tours - Map Reviews PA34 5PX

Staffa - Ferry & Boat Tours from Oban - Map Reviews PA76 6SW

Merlin Trike Tours - Reviews

Outside Oban:

Dunollie Castle & Museum - under 1 mile north Map Reviews PA34 5TT

Ganavan Sands Beach - 2 miles north Map Reviews

Stramash Outdoor Activities - 2 miles south Map Reviews PA34 4SD

Puffin Dive Centre - 3 miles south Map Reviews PA34 4QH

Dunstaffnage Castle - 3 miles north Map Reviews PA37 1PZ

Ocean Explorer Centre - 3 miles north Map Reviews PA37 1QA

Falls of Lora tidal rapid at Connel Bridge - 5 miles north Map Reviews PA37

Fly Tours from Oban Airport - 6 miles north Map Reviews PA37 1SW

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary - 10 miles north Map Reviews PA37 1SE

Sealife Adventures boat trips - 13 miles south Map Reviews PA34 4AT

Seafari Adventures boat trips - 16 miles south Map Reviews PA34 4RF

Ben Cruachan Hike - 17 miles east Map

Craignish Cruises - 24 miles south Map Reviews PA31 8QN

Vertical Descents activity - 35 miles north Map Reviews PH33 6SE

Oban Area Holiday Parks:

Cologin Lodges & Chalets - situated 4 miles south of Oban Map / PA34 4SE

Lagnakeil Lodges - situated 4 miles south of Oban Map / PA34 4SE

Tralee Bay Holidays - situated 8 miles north of Oban Map PA37 1QR

Appin Holiday Homes - lodges & caravans 15 miles north of Oban Map / PA38 4BQ

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