Learn about the Barbed Harpoon Point, which was found in Oban's MacArthur Cave, in the new Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook
Its name derives from the Gaelic language and means 'little bay', but when it comes to having an unforgettable break, Oban is definitely a place which is big on things to see and do. Surrounded by miles of dramatic coast and beautiful countryside, the seaside town is also known as the Gateway to the Isles, as a number of ferries depart from its main port and travel to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
Take a day trip to one of the surrounding islands and discover the splendour of the Inner Hebrides. 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.
In and around Oban
With so much to see and do in the surrounding area, 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 - often, the sunsets are phenomenal. When it's time to relax or refuel, take your pick from the town's offering of pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Oban prides itself on many things, but perhaps none more so than its claim to the title of Scotland's Seafood Capital. The town has a longstanding fishing heritage, and abundance of establishments serving local fish and shellfish. Book a table at an award-winning restaurant to try elegantly prepared dishes, or tuck into hot, freshly cooked seafood and hearty sandwiches, straight from eateries on the pier.