Visit Oban, Lorn & the Isles

Seafood Capital of Scotland

Welcome to Oban, the Seafood Capital of Scotland and the Gateway to the Isles. 

Oban, Lorn & the Isles is a fascinating part of Argyll & the Isles with an amazing range of things to see and do. 

Here you can meet lobsters face to face, dive with sharks, enjoy a dram at one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, climb to the summit of the Hollow Mountain or get close to the world’s third largest whirlpool.

Oban is a buzzing and booming ferry port with a fantastic mix of great shops, restaurants, cáfes and attractions plus a myriad of great days out to explore the surrounding area.

Immerse yourself in Oban's rich history with a visit to Dunollie Museum & Castle. Enjoy the stunning views, stroll in the historic woodlands, and enjoy a bite to eat at their café. Lots on for kids too, a great day out.

For novice or keen kayakers, yachtsmen and divers, the seas around Oban offer the best in Europe for their sports, whilst the surrounding dominating hills and glens are magnificent for walking and cycling, at any pace which takes your fancy.

Are you ready to experience more?

Let’s explore the Lorn & Isles area and make memories with family, friends or even a solo adventure!

North of Oban, two picturesque places of interest in Loch Awe and Appin – both offer iconic castles, attractions and offer great walking and cycling.

The islands of Kerrera and Lismore sits just outside of Oban Bay. Further south you can cross the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ to the 'Slate Islands.'

The waters around Oban and Lorn offer awesome sea kayaking. Paddle to islands, explore sea caves and set off on a paddleboard.

Everywhere you turn, there’s something special to see and do, there is so much to choose from, you'll just love Oban!

Gaelic in Scotland

The indigenous language of Argyll contains great richness of expression.  Here we have proverb from Gaelic tradition about Oban, Lorn & the Isles.

Proverb

Nuair a bhitheas tu san Óban (When in Oban)

Dèan mar na h-Óbanaich (Do as the Obanites!)

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Sealife Adventures

All our trips visit the Corryvreckan where turbulent tides create one of the world's largest whirlpools and our cruising area is exceptionally rich in wildli...

Clachan
Seil
By Oban
PA34 4TR

Tel: 01631 571010 (daytime) 01852 300203 (evening and weekends)

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Bays and Bens Holidays

This is one of the most stunning areas to visit in the West of Scotland, if not in the whole of Scotland. Make our self catering properties your accommodatio...

Taigh a Bhalachain
Airds Bay
Taynuilt
PA35 1JR

Tel: 01866 822121

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Highland Titles Nature Reserves

Until 1983, Keil Hill formed a part of Keil Farm. Evidence of old field dykes demonstrates that the drier areas were cultivated until fairly recent times. In...

Duror By Appin
Argyll & Bute
PA38 4BW

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Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s, and since then has been a fortress, comfortable residence and later a garrison stronghold. It contains the oldest...

Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe
Dalmally
PA33 1AF

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Barcaldine Castle

Our luxury bed & breakfast in the historic ‘Black Castle’ is set on the peaceful shores of Loch Creran on the West Coast of Scotland, near Oban. Barcaldi...

Benderloch
Oban
PA37 1SA

Tel: +44 (0)1631 720598

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Oban Chocolate Company

Visit us and experience our range of innovative, unique, fresh handmade chocolates. From the Cranachan Truffles to the sublime Pear william, the smooth and f...

34 Corran Esplanade
Oban
PA34 5PS

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Dundonald Landing

Enjoying a peaceful and idyllic situation close to the shores of Loch Etive, these luxurious lodges and lochside chalet with relaxing hot tubs offer the perf...

Dundonald
North Connel
Oban
PA37 1RE

Tel: 07887 506079

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Basking Shark Scotland

Operating across Argyll & the Isles, our wildlife watching adventures run from April - October. Basking Shark Scotland is the only dedicated snorkel oper...

Oban
PA34 5PZ

Tel: 07975 723140

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Must Visit Places

Surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside, the seaside town of Oban is a great place for a holiday. Here are a selection of must visit places nearby;

The Isle of Kerrera is a a small island jewel near Oban, perfect for walking with a ruined castle and a tea room. Kerrera is a walkers paradise with a 6-7 mile circuits to the north and south of the island. 

Loch Awe, Scotland’s longest freshwater loch, is home to Kilchurn Castle, and the area also boasts the unique St Conan’s Kirk, Oor head for the hills to explore Ben Cruachan otherwise known as the "Hollow Mountain."

Appin is steeped in the history and with the nearby Castle Stalker, it is one of the most photographed. It is easy to see the magic and mystique of this amazing area.

Worth a diversion from the main Oban to Fort William road is the tiny hamlet of Port Appin has a passenger ferry with direct access to the Isle of Lismore and a great seafood restaurant, The Pierhouse Hotel & Restaurant, with rooms directly overlooking Loch Linnhe.

South of Oban are lush rolling hills and spectacular coastal views. There are several attractions within a relatively short drive of Oban, among them a group of islands including Seil, Luing and Easdale also known as the 'The Slate Islands.'

ISLE OF KERRERA

Enjoy an accessible island experience from Oban by taking a short ferry to Kerrera from Gallanach

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LOCH AWE

Visit Scotland's longest freshwater loch on your way to or from Oban, or by rail on the West Highland Line.

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APPIN

Make a day or two of it to nearby Appin featuring Castle Stalker, just North from Oban to Fort William on A828 road.

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SLATE ISLANDS

Take the road south of Oban, cross the Bridge over the Atlantic to Seil, Easdale and Luing.

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ISLE OF LISMORE

Take a short ferry journey from Oban or Port Appin, for wildlife, fascinating historical sites and glorious views.

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Explore Oban's Places of Interest

Discover some special places of interest while you are staying in Oban. Click on our map icons to discover where to see on your travels. If you see multiple icons clustered in one area, simply zoom in on the map to decluster the icons.

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Oban on YouTube

Immerse yourself in all things Oban & Lorn and their surrounding isles by watching our dedicated YouTube playlist for food and drink, activities and so much more!

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Your destination for a magical wedding

Tie the knot in Argyll & the Isles

Whether you're dreaming of a romantic beach ceremony on a secluded island or a traditional Scottish wedding in a historic castle, there are plenty of venues to choose from.

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Getting here

Planning your journey

The traditional route is by car or bus via the A82. 

For a slight detour, follow the A83 to Lochgilphead, follow the Crinan Canal before travelling through Kilmartin Glen and northwards to Oban and Lorn.

Or sit back and relax on a regular train or bus journey from Glasgow to Oban.

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The Highland Explorer
Connecting Glasgow to Oban

The perfect way to travel to and from Oban for the conscious traveller and adventure seekers! Hop on the Scotrail Highland Explorer with your bike and backpack, on the dedicated adventure carriages.

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