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Family leisure breaks at a family friendly hotel in Oban

Oban is a wonderful family holiday or short leisure break destination.  Columba Hotel in Oban is a family friendly hotel. Get our top recommended family attractions and days out in Oban ideas below.

Top family attractions

Our top recommended things to do and see for families

1              Atlantis Sport and Leisure Centre - Oban's leisure centre. Keep fit and have fun - swimming, football, tennis, archery, squash, body pump, birthday parties, café and gym.

2              Scottish Sea life Sanctuary - The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary opens a window into a watery wonderland . . . teams with amazing sea creatures of astonishing variety. Nestling amidst the pine trees on the shores of picturesque Loch Creran, the Centre combines a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue and rehabilitation facility for both common and grey seal pups.

3              Inveraray Jail - Inveraray Jail - experience true prison life in this original historic jailhouse! A fun day out for the whole family.  In use as a prison from 1820 to 1889, the building is now a living museum. It is a category A-listed building.

4              Balamory and Tobermory - Tobermory with it's colourful waterfront was chosen by the BBC as the location of the popular children's television series Balamory. The houses are situated in Tobermory apart from Archie's Castle which is now a hotel called Fenton Tower in North Berwick and the Nursery shots were taken in Glasgow.

5              Cruachan Hollow Mountain and Power Station - Cruachan the Hollow Mountain Power Station is hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe. Cruachan visitor centre offers guided tours inside the hollow mountain providing an experience like no other.  Discover the wonders of an underground world on a spectacular scale.

6              Go to the Cinema – yes, there is A Cinema in Oban, The Highland Theatre, in George Street, showing the same films that are on general release throughout the UK

7              Sealife Adventures - Wildlife and whale watching boat trips and cruises on the West Coast of Scotland, near Oban, Argyll. Overlooking the Isle of Mull.

8              Oban Adventure Activities - OAA offer half day or full day outdoor activity sessions such as Coasteering, Canyoning, Sea Kayaking, Climbing and Scrambling.

9              Highland Games and Gatherings – for a list of all the Highland Gatherings in Argyll, visit

10           Fish and Chips on the pier - Oban is billed as the seafood capital of the world, and is renowned for the variety and quality of seafood landed in the harbour. There are great seafood restaurants in and around Oban town centre offering a wide range of styles and menus. From the net to the table, you can't get fresher!