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Oban

Travel Guide
Oban showing a coastal town

This waterfront town offers a range of typical Scottish delights, including a famous distillery, evocative castle ruins and dramatic, wild landscapes.

The crescent-shaped port of Oban is one of the most picturesque destinations in northern Scotland. Explore the old buildings lining the hills of this Highland town and observe the boats coming and going from the bustling harbor.

Scan the buildings of Oban and look for McCaig's Tower, the striking monument shaped like a coliseum. Climb the hill to reach the tower and rest in its walled garden, where you can peer out through its arches for views of the ocean and the island of Kerrera.

Directly beneath the tower is Oban Distillery, immediately identifiable by its red chimney. Tour the building to see the age-old whiskey-making processes and sip a sample of finely crafted single malt. The town grew around the distillery, which was built in 1794.

Learn more about Oban’s history at the Oban War and Peace Museum, located in an old newspaper headquarters. The town also features two cathedrals, including the unique St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, an unfinished structure that combines stonework with metal girders.

Take a trip to two castles located near the town. Dunollie Castle, a ruin from the Iron Age, contains a museum displaying clan artifacts gathered from the local area. Dunstaffnage Castle, about a 10-minute drive north of Oban, is an imposing medieval fortress with an adjoining chapel.

Oban is sometimes referred to as the “Seafood Capital of Scotland.” Sample the day's catch in one of the many celebrated restaurants in town.

Glasgow Airport, which has frequent flights to the rest of the U.K. and to international destinations, is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away from Oban. Trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow operate regularly from Oban's station, which is located next to the ferry terminal.

Oban has an attractive coastal setting, which makes it a particularly popular summer destination. Visit in spring or fall for a quieter experience or arrange your trip for May to attend the Highland and Islands Music and Dance Festival.

The Great Western Hotel
The Great Western Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £72 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Loch Linnhe. Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and Glencruitten ...
3.5/5Good! (60 reviews)
"The check in man was brilliant! Comfy, clean bed Hotel car park was full so had to park in a public car park"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

The Great Western Hotel
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Station Square, Oban, Scotland
The price is £179 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (489 reviews)
"The location of this hotel was extremely handy and right in the centre of Oban. Our room was lovely and the staff were all friendly."

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
The Ranald Hotel
The Ranald Hotel
3.5 out of 5
41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
The price is £110 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (141 reviews)
"Clean. Quiet. Good location."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2021

The Ranald Hotel
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The Ranald Apartments
The Ranald Apartments
4 out of 5
41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
The price is £145 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
Situated in Oban, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral ...
4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
"Apartments were well equipped and bed very comfortable. Well located.Lots of cobwebs and toilet bin not emptied from previous occupant,"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

The Ranald Apartments
The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests  in 11 bedrooms
The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests in 11 bedrooms
Oban, SCT
This family-friendly Oban cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St. John's Cathedral and Oban Distillery. Loch Linnhe is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away. Oban Station is ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Breathtaking Oban Oasis!
"The Drury is, in a single word, spectacular! We could not have been happier with our stay in this gorgeous and elegantly furnished mansion, located directly in the heart of beautiful Oban, with territorial views of the entire town and harbor below. From its private car park to its hot tub, playroom, ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2019

The Drury-Oban (Scotland) - sleeps 22 guests in 11 bedrooms
Seabank House
Seabank House
4.5 out of 5
Seabank, Benderloch, Oban, Scotland
Nestled on the beach, this Oban villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tralee Beach and Loch Linnhe. Connel Bridge is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Brilliant place in a quiet, scenic location. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. Will be back!"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2019

Seabank House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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