Oban Travel Guide

Famous as being Scotland’s sea kayaking and seafood capital, Oban is the perfect destination for people who enjoy messing about in the water.

This charming town can be found in the Argyll and Bute region of Scotland and is also famous for producing first class whisky. Visitors can take day trips to a number of pretty islands such as Islay, Lismore and Mull from Oban, while the town boasts a very vibrant nightlife scene.

Things to see and do in Oban

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A group of men kayak around the island of Kererra, part of the Inner Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Scotland.

People who enjoy adventure sports should not miss the chance to try sea kayaking in Oban. A number of special sea kayaking schools can be found here and visitors can choose to take one of the daily sea kayaking tours that are offered, while this sport can also be enjoyed independently simply by hiring a kayak and paddling out of the harbour.

People who want the chance to enjoy stunning views across Oban bay should complete the climb to the top of McCaig’s Tower. The tower itself its situated at the top of a hill that takes around fifteen minutes to climb and a few benches are provided for visitors to rest on before they tackle the tower itself and are greeted by impressive views of Mull and Kerrera.

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Kerrera Island and the Isle of Mull from Oban Folly, Scotland.

Nature lovers will be able to get up close and personal with the Canadian river otters named Sula and Fingal when they take a trip to the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary. This popular attraction can be found around six miles to the north of Oban and a number of other aquatic creatures including seals can also be found there.

Dunstaffnage Castle – Oban, Scotland

Dunstaffnage Castle is a partially ruined castle in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. It lies 4.8 km of Oban, situated on a platform of conglomerate rock on a promontory at the south-west of the entrance to Loch Etive, and is surrounded on three sides by the sea.

Anyone who is interested in the rich history of Oban is sure to have fun exploring Dunollie Castle. This magnificent building serves as the historical seat of the renowned MacDougalls of Lorn and can be found at the top of a hill that provides visitors will fantastic views of the area.

People who like to get their motor running and want the chance to explore Oban in a whole new way can arrange to take a Landrover Tour of the area. Tours typically last a full day and include a whole host of impressive landmarks including castles, lush glens, standing stones, lochs and mountains.

Climate conditions

Summers in Oban tend to be on the cool side, while winters are generally fairly mild. There are plenty of warm and sunny days for visitors to enjoy from April all the way through to September and spring is a great time for nature lovers who wish to avoid the crowded summer months to head to Oban.