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ObanUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Oban

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Perle Oban Hotel
Perle Oban Hotel
4 out of 5
Station Square, Oban, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £159 per night

Situated by the sea, this 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 also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (410 reviews)

"Excellent location.... near to railway, boat terminal and bus station....."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Perle Oban Hotel
The Scot
The Scot
3 out of 5
2 George St, Oban, Scotland
The price is £95 per night

Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast 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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (84 reviews)
The Scot Hotel, Oban

"Very nice hotel. Staff were pleasant & offered to take our bags up to the room as it was on the 2nd floor & there was no lift. We opted not to have breakfast as we felt at £12.99 each it did not represent very good value. We went to a cafe in town & had a lovely breakfast with coffee for less than ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

The Scot
Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa
Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
The price is £336 per night

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tralee Beach and Loch Linnhe. Scottish Sealife Sanctuary and Castle Stalker are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
Beautiful Grounds and Hotel

"Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Unfortunately the hotel was undergoing renovation and it caused some disruption to our service. Spa treatment was a big disappointment. I’d recommend staying at the hotel though. The grounds were lovely but I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa

Popular places to visit in Oban

Oban Distillery
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Oban Distillery

4.5/5(41 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at Oban Distillery during your trip to Oban. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Ganavan Sands
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Ganavan Sands

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Spend a few hours wading, strolling or building sandcastles at this lovely Blue Flag beach.

Connel Bridge
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Connel Bridge

4/5(67 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Benderloch when you stop by Connel Bridge. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

McCaig's Tower
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McCaig's Tower

4.5/5(59 reviews)

See the views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands from the platform of Oban’s most unusual landmark.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
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Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Trace the rich and colorful history of this ruined 13th-century fortress, the site of heroic battles, royal residences and political imprisonments.

Oban War and Peace Museum
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Oban War and Peace Museum

Discover the history of Oban and its military involvement at this compact yet compelling little museum.

Top things to do in Oban

Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Tour from Glasgow
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Tour from Glasgow

£42
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban & Inveraray Full-Day Tour
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Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban & Inveraray Full-Day Tour

£45
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles from Edinburgh
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West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles from Edinburgh

£45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Spend time in Jail!
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Spend time in Jail!

£12
Per adult
Highlands of Scotland private day tour
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Highlands of Scotland private day tour

£25
Per adult
Oban Walking Tour
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Oban Walking Tour

£82
Per adult

Reviews of Oban

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Great place to visit, lovely places to visit, really nice places to eat and prices were really reasonable. Will definitely be back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

Lovely place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Dec 2019

A good put stop before the ferry. All the amenities you’d need. A decent sized town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

Nice town to stroll around, variety of shops. Plenty places to eat.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Nov 2019

Been there - probably wouldn’t go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Great jumping off location for Mull & beyond

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