The same still holds true today.
If you’re going out to or coming from the islands, your ferry will berth here. It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
Oban came to prominence in the Victorian era following on from the arrival of the railways (1880) as a result of its unique position as the steamers departure point en route to the Hebrides Isles and beyond.
Today the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Hub in Oban offers island hopscotch tours for those who wish to go from island to island, or should you wish to see all within one day, there is the enormously popular three isles tour calling in on Mull, Iona and Staffa.
On the hill above the town stands McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished project which has gone on to become the town’s major landmark and a beautiful spot to look out over the sea to the isles. Or you can pick your spot in the bay and watch the boats and people come and go.
There’s the Lighthouse Pier, where the ships servicing the lighthouses and navigation buoys dock; the South Pier with the fishing boats; the Railway Pier with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and the North Pier with boats from the Royal Navy, visiting foreign navies, tall ships, Customs cutters and dive boats.
The stunning beach at Ganavan Sands is well worth a visit, this blue flagged beach is enormously popular with locals and visitors alike.
Last but by no means least Oban is justifiable famed for its single malt whisky. The distillery was founded in 1794 and is a very popular tourist destination in its own right, hosting tours throughout the year.
However, if you don't wish to island hop or drink whisky there are always plenty of other amazing attractions to keep you busy.
Dining out in Oban is not to be missed with a variety of quality restaurants should you wish a night out in the town. You can find gourmet fish restaurants (do not forget to book in advance), Gastropubs celebrating the best of Scottish ingredients, Italian, Chinese and Indian Restaurants. We are also not too shy to promote our own Cuanra Restaurant.
Cuanra offers some glorious dishes finely crafted from the best of local produce and will not disappoint! Alternatively should you fancy a quick bite then we also serve meals in our Lounge Bar and Grill where you will find more traditional favourites like the incredibly popular Oban landed Haddock and Chips!
Should you feel the need for some retail therapy Oban has a variety of shops with something for everyone. The town centre has various art galleries from where you may be lucky enough to witness the breathtaking vividness of your first original John Lowrie Morrison oil.
The local Artist’s materials shop has a glorious selection for the budding amateur painter and professional alike. Here you can also find an eclectic collection of local scenes transposed onto various greetings cards. Oban is also lucky enough to have its own “Chocolate Factory” and Café not to mention the exquisite delicatessen complete with its in-store café.
The town's Atlantis Centre is a superb leisure centre with a large pool, gym, squash and tennis courts to name but a few of the facilities offered. The centre also offers a wide range of fitness classes with something for most age groups available.
Music plays a significant role in the culture of Oban. Most weeks you can be sure of live entertainment in many of the town's hostelries or why not catch a movie at the town's own Phoenix Cinema.
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For more information on all the great events happening in Oban please consult Oban Town Diary on www.obanwhatson.co.uk
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