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
Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland, PA34 5PP
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £101 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean rooms in ...
3.6/5 Good! (280 reviews)
"Location was excellent and generally hotel was good. Shower was disappointing and I had to hold the shower in the bath to was myself."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022

The Great Western Hotel
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Station Square, Oban, Scotland, PA34 5RT
The price is £182 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (629 reviews)
"The room was light and bright, clean and excellent fixtures & fittings"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
2 out of 5
Argyll Square, Oban, Scotland, PA34 4BE
The price is £138 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
3.6/5 Good! (509 reviews)
"Location and staff awesome"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

The Royal Hotel
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The Ranald Apartments
The Ranald Apartments
4 out of 5
41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland, PA34 5NA
The price is £165 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Liked the location of the property, just a short walk into the town which is great"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

The Ranald Apartments
Kings Arms Holiday Apartments
Kings Arms Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
George St, Oban, Scotland, PA34 5SB
The price is £265 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Oban Distillery and McCaig's Tower are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
"Weather was not too good, but that did not stop us going out and about. Few light bulbs missing some sockets not working. Double booking was made for the flat, but that family contacted you and it was sorted. Would like to come again in summer time"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Kings Arms Holiday Apartments
Seabank House
Seabank House
4.5 out of 5
Seabank, Benderloch, Oban, Scotland, PA37 1SB
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury villa in Oban. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a golf course. Popular attractions Tralee Beach and Connel Bridge are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (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
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