Standing unchallenged as the capital of the North Argyll, the busy town of Oban is informally known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’.
The town itself lies in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay and is a busy town with great accommodation range, cafes and restaurants, and wide selection of activities and day trips. This popular resort is also known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland offering a remarkable number of award-winning restaurants.
The most outstanding feature within Oban is McCaig’s Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands above the town and features in many of the postcards to be found on George Street. The Tower is 10 minutes hard walk uphill from the centre of the town and provides spectacular views over the town and onto the neighboring islands.
Oban Distillery is well worth the visit too. Nestled right in the heart of the town beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, it is easily recognizable by its tall chimney. Built in 1794, this is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky.
Standing close to the shore is also the ruined Dunollie Castle, stronghold of the MacDougall Clan while Dunstaffnage Castle, which has belonged to the Campbells since 1470, is only two miles away and is open to the public all year round. Kids would love a visit to the Scottish Sea Life & Marine Sanctuary near to Oban on the shore of Loch Creran.