Oban is nestled on the west coast of Scotland and surrounded by beaches, bays and beautiful countryside. There are islands such as Mull, Iona, Kerrera and Staffa for day trips, and a wealth of castles, gardens, villages, beaches, forests to north and south, east and west. Oban has small galleries and independent stores, a distillery, chocolate shop, and museum.
The Great Western Hotel is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including:
Oban Distillery and Visitor Centre
One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries still displays the traditional craftsmanship of the brothers who founded it in 1794.
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
The ancestral home of Clan MacDougall is a Museum, Castle and Grounds where visitors of all ages can discover local history, the 1745 Laird’s House, the Weaving Cottage as well as woodland spaces, the Faerie Garden and views across Oban Bay.
Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kerrera, a short ferry trip from Gallanach
A beautiful spot overlooking the Firth of Lorn. The Kerrera ferry leaves from Gallanach, and is then a 3-mile walk across the island.
Glencruitten Golf Club
18-hole course in wonderful Scottish landscapes, as well as a warm welcome for visitors, practice area with driving bays and putting green, clubhouse, lounge bar, restaurant and golf shop.
Prominently visible on Battery Hill overlooking Oban, this huge circular structure is a magnificent ‘folly’, but a simple, beautiful stone structure and a wonderful viewing point from which to survey Oban and the loch.
Take a day trip to any one of the many islands off the western shore – Arran, Barra, Benbecula, Bute, Eriskay, Iona, Islay, Mull, Skye amongst them. All of the islands have their own charm – with wonderful, white beaches, distilleries and monumnents.
Oban Sailing Club
Book yourself on to a sailing course while you are here.
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
The stronghold of the Kings of the Isles overlooking the Firth of Lorn near Oban was built in the 13th century.
Dunstaffnage Marina, Etive Boat Trips
Boat trips up Loch Etive and around the Firth of Lorn, or charter your own vessel.
Puffin Dive Centre
Try out any one from a number of watersports activities including paddle-boarding, scuba diving, boat diving.