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.
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 websiteRead More
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 websiteRead More
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/Read More
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 websiteRead More
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 WebsiteRead More
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 websiteRead More
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 PageRead More
“ The hotel is right on the beachfront, only a short walk from shops, restaurants etc. The room was warm, clean, quiet with a very comfortable bed and lots of hot water for the spa bath. I would recommend for a quiet break. ”
Iona P - Aberdeen
“ Away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, but only 10 minutes walk along the seafront. Lovely spacious room, well appointed , en suite bathroom with jaccuzi! ”
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“ The location is perfect - on the sea front and there is lots to do in Oban such as wildlife cruises and cruises to Mull and Iona! ”
Sue M - Shropshire
“ Oban is a lovely seaside village and this hotel maximizes the extraordinary view with a happy staff that works hard to take care of you. ”
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“ Stately and beautiful this hotel graces the esplanade with its presence. Perfect walk to downtown if you like to walk. (About fifteen minutes all along the water). ”
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