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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Argyll Safaris

Rab is passionate about Argyll, it\'s landscape, culture and heritage. With 60 medieval castles, 32 clan seats, 1256 Neolithic standing stones, it is the bir...

Rughriach
Old Shore Road
PA37 1PT

Tel: 07760880757

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West Coast Tours

Burial sites of ancient kings, geological wonders, unchanged landscapes, idyllic beaches, glorious glens, abundant wildlife and magical islands!  Our day tou...

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17 George Street
Oban
PA34 5RS

Tel: 01586 552319

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CHARTS (Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles)

CHARTS is a growing network of artists, makers, producers and spaces, who value creativity and the impact it has on individuals, communities and visitors to...

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120 George Street
Oban
PA34 5NT

Tel: 01499 305 055

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Live Argyll - The Corran Halls, Oban

As a multifunctional facility, the hall offers the perfect setting for a wide range of events and is completely flexible in catering for your specific needs....

54 Corran Esplanade
Oban
PA34 5AB

Tel: 01631 567333

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Stravaigin Sailing

We are a small family run business located on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the best cruising and adventure arena our country has to offer. Join us o...

North Pier Pontoons
Oban
PA34 5PX

Tel: 07833 103020

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Explore Lismore

Explore Lismore is a small tour operator on the Scottish Isle of Lismore run by husband and wife team Robert & Iris. We offer bespoke, private-hire tours...

1 Port Ramsay
Isle of Lismore by Oban
Argyll
PA34 5UN

Tel: +44 (0) 1631 760 291

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The Tartan Road

Working all over Argyll & the Isles, we create luxury Scottish holidays tailored exclusively for each client. Specialising in self-drive and chauffeured...

Head Office, Lora Villa
Connel
Oban
PA37 1PD

Tel: +44 (0)1631 402 066

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Provident Sailing

A holiday on Provident will introduce you to the fabulous west coast of Scotland, exploring the islands, coasts, harbours and hills of Argyll and the southwe...

Head Office, Dunstaffnage Marina
Dunbeg
Oban
PA37 1PX

Tel: 07549 935222

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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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