Nestled on the west coast and surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside, the seaside town of Oban is a great place for a holiday. Often called the 'Gateway to the Isles', many people travel to Oban as part of a west coast adventure.
Map of Oban
How to Travel to and around Oban
Oban can also be easily reached by train from Glasgow or by timetabled coaches from Glasgow or Inverness.
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 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.
Bus and coach
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.
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.
Local companies offer car rentals, and you can also take advantage of taxi services.
A tip from your local expert
After exploring McCaig’s Tower and its panoramic views over Oban, Isle of Kerrera and Mull, why not indulge with a visit to Oban Chocolate Company? You can see delicious chocolates being made and also enjoy a hot drink!
Assistant iCentre Manager, Oban
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