Oban
Oban, Argyll

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Oban

Its name derives from the Gaelic language and means 'little bay', but when it comes to having an unforgettable weekend break, Oban is definitely a place which is big on things to see and do. Nestled on the west coast and surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside, the seaside town is a great place for a holiday. Why not take a day trip to one of the surrounding islands? You could pack three into one day and take a tour of Mull, Iona and Staffa. Or visit Kerrera, the closest island to Oban, and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the island's track roads and explore the ruins of Gylen Castle, one-time stronghold of the MacDougalls of Lorne.

Split into North and South, Oban makes a brilliant touring base. Outwith the town you could spend days exploring castles, gardens, villages, beaches, forests, and fun and unusual attractions, from the power station hollowed into a mountain to the aquarium which doubles as a seal rescue centre. Oban itself is compact and it's easy to get round on foot. There are plenty of small galleries and independent stores to browse through, as well as the centrally-located local distillery, chocolate shop, and museum. Wander along the seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and the sandy beaches beyond - the sunsets here are phenomenal. When it's time to relax or refuel, take your pick from the town's offering of pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Oban Travel Information

How to get to Oban 

Driving from Glasgow or Edinburgh takes between two and a half hours to three hours. If coming from Glasgow, there are two route options - follow the A82 via the west side of Loch Lomond, or take the A83 over the Rest and be Thankful and via Inveraray. Oban can also be easily reached by train from Glasgow or by timetabled coaches from Glasgow or Inverness. Oban Airport lies 5 miles out of the town and serves the islands of Coll, Tiree, Islay and Colonsay. From Aberdeen it is around a 4 hour drive, or you can travel by train via Dundee and Glasgow.

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How to get around Oban 

Oban is pretty easy to travel around, and is a very walkable town too. West Coast Motors operate bus service routes around Oban and to the surrounding villages north and south of the town. Trains to Glasgow also stop at a number of villages along the railway line, including Connel, Taynuilt, Loch Awe and Dalmally. Local companies offer car rentals, and you can also take advantage of taxi services. When it comes to transport on the water to the surrounding islands, ferries are operated by CalMac or you can even charter small passenger boats.

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