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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WildLuing

Enjoy all the freedoms of camping, with none of the hassle. Don't be fooled by 'pod', the WildSuites are bigger than the average UK flat, and with soft-as-a-...

WildLuing
South Cuan
Isle of Luing
Oban
PA34 4TU

Tel: +44 (0) 7765 870111

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Boathouse Chalet

The whole chalet is tastefully decorated throughout with lots of little touches to make you feel at home. There are two bedrooms - one with a double bed on t...

Old Shore Road
Connel by Oban
Argyll
PA37 1PT

Tel: 01631 710415

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Rockhill Farm

Escape to Rockhill Farm on the southern banks of Loch Awe for peace and tranquility. Our self-catering cottages were recently renovated (2022) to a luxury st...

Rockhill Farm
Ardbrecknish
PA33 1BH

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Oban Distillery

For two centuries Oban’s bustling fishing village has sat on the frontier of the West Highlands and the Islands, the meeting place of land and sea. One of Sc...

Oban Distillery
Stafford St
Oban
PA34 5NH

Tel: 01631 572004

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Barriemore Oban

Barriemore Oban is a family run guest house just a 10 minute walk from Oban town centre and situated on the edge of Oban Bay. The stunning views take in the...

Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll
PA345AQ

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Food from Argyll at The Pier

Co-operatively run by local food producers, our shelves groan with wonderful local foods sourced from across Argyll & the Isles. Every packet tells a sto...

The Ferry Terminal
Oban
PA34 4DB

Tel: 01631 563636

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Argyll Chefs Table

At Argyll Chefs Table, our team is dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience, driven by our unwavering passion for culinary excellence. Led by...

Argyll & Bute

Tel: 07542127635

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Visit Cladich

Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you’ve come to the right place! Cladich House Bed and Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland is the perfect place to rel...

Cladich House
Cladich
PA33 1BQ

Tel: 01838 200845 / 07776 788413

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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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