Our History...

BEST WESTERN The Queens Hotel in Oban is formed over two buildings. The old Bishop's House, a lovely old listed building, fronts out onto the Esplanade.  The Iona Building at the rear has the standard accommodation.

The Bishop's House was originally built for the 1st Episcopalian Bishop of Argyll and the Islands as his home. Later it was a church retreat and then a temperance hotel called The Glen Campa Hotel before it gradually evolved into the 45 bedroomed hotel of today.

We believe that you will not find a better base from which to explore this beautiful part of the world.

What's on in Oban?

Coastal connection

Coastal Connection  This local family run business ofers an alternative to the ferries with their fast and comfortable cabined 11 metre RIBs.   Available for private skippered charters, island drop off/pick up service and perhaps best of all fantastic wildlife and castle trips.   Visit website

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Majestic Lines

Majestic Lines The award winning Majestic Line offers the ultimate get away from it all break.  Departing from Oban, the fleet of 3 small but sturdy little vessels offer the some of the best Scottish food, scenery, and hospitality available.  With guest capacities of up to 12 these mini cruise ships can reach the most idyllic spots, and get you close up to nature and amazing wildlife Find out more about the choice of 15 exclusive Scottish cruise itineraries and Private Cruise Charter exploring The Hebrides and the West Coast of Scotland on the company's own website. Visit website

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Sea Life Sanctuary

Looking for things to do in Oban? Visit Oban SEA LIFE Sanctuary to see exciting marine displays, talks & feeding demonstrations. There is also a variety of experiences and boat trips available at the sanctuary such as the 'Seal Feeding Experience' and 'Seal Watching Boat Trips'.  https://www.visitsealife.com/oban/

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The Oban Distillery

The Oban Distillery was founded in 1794 by the brothers John and Hugh Stevenson.  At this time there was no town as such, and the town gradually evolved with the distillery and the arrival of steamers and the trains around 1880. The distillery only has 2 pot stills, which makes it one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, yet the name of this single malt is held in great regard internationally. The distillery tours are fascinating and include a tasting - not to be missed.  Visit website

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Seafari Sea Tours

Seafari Adventures Seafari Adventures offers exceptional, award winning wildlife and nature boat trips from their base at Easdale just south of Oban. Experience the famous Gulf of Corryvreckan, up close, the home of the World's Third Largest Whirlpool. These thrilling trips will get your pulses racing not only from the sea spray flying up around you as your RIB dances on the waves but also when you see your first Minke Whale, Grey Seal or porpoise or otter, sometimes almost close enough to touch!  Visit Website

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Staffa Tours

Staffa Tours One of the most popular trips with our guests is undoubtedly the Three Islands Tour operated by Staffa Tours in conjunction with Caledonian MacBrayne and departing from Oban.  Reputed to be one of the best day tours in Britain itself, providing a scenic route to Mull, Iona and Staffa. One of the most awe inspiring sights you will encounter has to be 'fingal's cave on the Isle of Staffa. Three features combine to make Fingal's Cave on Staffa perhaps the best known of all caves. The sacred isle of Iona has a long and illustrious history and is well known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. While that is without doubt one of the main reasons that a reported 130,000 visitors come to Iona each year, there is much more to the island than that. It is striking to remark that despite the numbers of visitors to the island, the pervading feeling that people leave with is one of peace and restoration. The Isle of Mull is the largest of the Island of Argyll and the third largest in Scotland, with some 300 miles of coastline.  The main town of Tobermory is famed for the cheerful colours of its waterfront buildings and the yachts bobbing in the natural harbour. Tobermory is also well known for being the setting of hit children's TV show Balamory.  The town is recently more known for catching a glimpse of iconic wildlife species; from Golden and White-tailed Eagles and other marine birds soaring the skies to Otters, Dolphins and Porpoise swimming in the harbour. Visit website

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Dunollie Castle

Dunollie Museum, Castle and grounds is just a short distance from the hotel and offers beautiful scenery. Steeped in history, you can explore the grounds and learn all about clan MacDougall before taking a break for tea and cake in Kettle Cafe Kiosk where both indoor and outdoor seating is provided.  Open 1st April - 29th October 2017 Visit Page

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