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County - Argyll | Map
Tel code: 01631 | code search
Postcode: PA34 | code search
Population: 13000
Council: Argyll and Bute
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Birthplace of:
Donald MacKinnon
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Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival

Argyllshire Highland Gathering (Oban Games)

Oban Winter Festival

Oban Winter Festival

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Argyll Youth Theatre Group
"The Argyll Youth Theatre was a massive part of my life and is made up of some of the most enthusiastic youths I have ever met. Over the years, ..." More

Lagnakeil Highland Lodges
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A great seaside town 90 miles west of Glasgow. The Gateway ...More

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Latest reviews | Events in Oban | 10 Places to Stay

Oban is considered the ‘Gateway to the Islands’, but it has plenty attractions of its own to have visi-tors postponing their onward journey, happy to be swelling their lungs with the freshest of sea air. Whether you take the A82 or the A83 towards Oban (A85), the drive is among the most scenic in the country, with every bend surrendering a picture postcard view of Argyll. Oban is a small harbour town, whose skyline is dominated by the 40 foot walls of McCaig’s Folly. Built in 1897 by the wealthy banker Jon S McCaig, the folly is now a public garden after the project to turn the Colosseum-esque structure into a museum adorned with statues of McCaig’s family was abandoned after his death. Saint Columba’s Cathedral, designed in neo-gothic style by Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed with pink granite sits proudly on Corran Esplanade. The castles of Dunstaffnage and Dunollie offer visi-tors a glimpse into Scottish history. Oban bustles in summer; its tourist information office is said to be the second busiest in Scotland. Car ferries operating from the south pier ship visitors to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colon-say, Lismore and Islay. These windswept and interesting islands stud a rugged coastline, defiant in the face of the often wild weather. To truly appreciate the scenery and wildlife take a sea safari. Seals, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, minke whales all inhabit the rich waters of the Inner Hebrides. Back on dry land, the sea’s bounty can be enjoyed on the dinner plate; John Ogden’s Seafood Shack and Temple Seafood Restaurant have enjoyed rave reviews from the Glasgow Herald and BBC Food for their no nonsense, fresh seafood. There is plenty to see and do in Oban, and if it rains, where bet-ter to seek shelter than the town’s distillery? The perfect excuse for a wee dram.


Achnacloich Gardens
An Cala
Ardchattan Priory
Ardchattan Priory Garden
Ardmaddy Castle Garden
Ardtornish Estate
Arduaine Garden (NTS)
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Oban Distillery Visitor Centre
Oban Experience Visitor Centre
Scottish Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary


Oban Caravan & Camping Park

Caravan Park

Caravans at Highfield
Oban Caravan & Camping Park
Oban Divers Caravan Park


Dance - Dance Atlantis
Dance - Scottish Country Dance Classes
Yoga - Ashwhin Balanced Living Centre


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Scotland Cottages
Stables Cottage


Argyll Square Dental Practice
The Dental Surgery


Lorn Medical Centre

Estate Agent

Dawson Alexander
MacArthur Stewart
MacKinnon D M W S
Skinner Carmichael & Co Ltd

Farmers Market

Lorn Producers Market

Golf Club


Holiday Park

Lagnakeil Highland Lodges
Tralee Bay Holidays


Cuilfail Hotel
Lochnell Arms Hotel
The Oyster Inn

Performing Arts

Argyll Youth Theatre Group

Pub and Bar

Coasters Wine Bar

Falls Of Lora Hotel
Gathering Restaurant O'Donnell's Irish Pub
Isle Of Eriska Hotel
Old Manor Inn
Tartan Tavern


Boxtree Restaurant
Cafe 41
Falls Of Lora Hotel
Gathering Restaurant O'Donnell's Irish Pub
Isle Of Eriska Hotel
Oban Bay Hotel & Spa
Pancake Place
Piazza Oban
Seafood Temple Restaurant
Shananigans Tex-Mex
Shower Of Herring Inn

Studio Restaurant
Taynuilt Hotel
The Airds Hotel
The Manor House Hotel
Waterfront Restaurant
Wide Mouthed Frog


Argyll Youth Theatre Group
Oban High School


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Lagnakeil Highland Lodges
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Scotland Cottages


Anderson Banks
Macphee & Partners


1st Choice Taxis
Alba's Taxis
Argyll Taxis
Etive Taxis

West Coast Taxis


The Oban


Flower Basket
Cakebreads Garden Centre
Kanine Kats & Ko
Creature Comforts
Wallace Associates Optometrists
The Image
D E Shoes
Millstone Wholefoods
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Julian Graves
Pets At Home


Argyll Charters - Mara Mhor Cruises(Boat Trips and Cruises)
Guideliner(Boat Trips and Cruises)
Sea Kayak Scotland(Water Sports)
Sealife Adventures(Water Sports)


Places to Stay near Oban

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Blair Villa (0.08 miles)

Blair Villa

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With stunning views out over the bay to the isles of Kerrerra and Mull from its position on lower Oban Hill, this traditional stone-built Victorian villa enjoys a peaceful yet central ... More

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Oban Caledonian Hotel (0.12 miles)

Oban Caledonian Hotel

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Choose Oban's landmark building. Rising from the water's edge, the historic Oban Caledonian Hotel commands breathtaking views over the sheltered bay of Oban to the hills and islands of Scotland's ... More | visit website

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Woodside Hotel (0.14 miles)

Woodside Hotel
Traditional Scottish Inn located in Obans Town Center, with a mixture of Single, Double/Twin and Family rooms. The Hotel has 2 Bars 1 a traditional well appointed Scottish Public Bar and another modern themed Scottish ... More | visit website
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Hollytree Hotel (0.20 miles)

Hollytree Hotel

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Stunningly situated by the sea, this stylish hotel offers chic accommodation, facilities and dining. All 20 rooms enjoy magnificent sea views and all are fully en suite with luxurious fittings and furnishings, ... More

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Kelvin Hotel (0.24 miles)

Kelvin Hotel

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This scottish hotel offers excellent accommodation for those visiting the Argyll area. Its scenic location make it an excellent place to take a holiday or vacation in scenic Scotland. The ... More

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Columba Hotel (0.26 miles)

Columba Hotel

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Located on the North Peir in Oban the Columba Hotel has an idyllic location with the most amazing views of Mull and Kerrera.
The hotel has recently been refurbished and restored to ... More

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Rowantree Hotel (0.35 miles)

Rowantree Hotel
A friendly welcome awaits you at Oban's only modern purpose built hotel, situated on the town's main street very convenient to all amenities, and only 50 metres from the seafront. We have 24 bedrooms ... More | visit website
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Roseneath Guest House (0.37 miles)

Roseneath Guest House
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Roseneath, home of Sarah Clarke and Robert. Constructed in 1881, when Oban was expanding as a Victorian tourist resort, Roseneath was built as a family home for a ... More | visit website
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Great Western Hotel (0.44 miles)

Great Western Hotel
In a prime location, right in the centre of the curving esplanade, just a pleasant walk from the shops and harbour, stands Oban's Great Western; a hotel proud of offering space and comfort, as well ... More | visit website
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Lagganbeg Guest House (0.45 miles)

Lagganbeg Guest House
A real home from home guest house in the heart of Oban. A small charming geogian townhouse located within a one minute walk from the town centre and seafront with all restaurants, bars, shops and ... More | visit website

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