Oban, the capital of North Argyll. Is a busy ferry and railway terminal (with a branch link to the West Highland Line) and a very popular tourist and family holiday/short break destination. It has a wide range of shops and supermarkets, banks etc., many excellent places to eat out, a cinema and Post Office. It is the ideal centre for exploring the beautiful scenery of North Argyll or to stop overnight if you are on your way to the islands. Ferries leave Oban for Islay, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Lismore, Barra and South Uist. Oban is also a busy fishing port, and a variety of ships can usually be found tied up to the town's two piers.
Oban is full of things to do and see. Make sure you visit McCaig's Tower, the replica of the Coliseum that is such a distinctive feature on the Oban skyline. The view across Oban Bay to Kerrera and Mull is unparalleled. Boat trips to Mull or to see the wildlife are available, and many superb day excursions by coach or ferry can be arranged. Visit the local tourist office for dates and times on arrival - you'll find it in an old church just around the corner from the railway station by the pier.
Oban is also known as the seafood capital of Scotland, and the fish and chips from one of the restaurants on or around the pier are the best in Scotland!
The Oban Distillery Visitor Centre in Stafford Street (near the North Pier) is open Monday to Friday all year round (Saturdays too from Easter to October) for guided tours. There's an audio visual exhibition and gift shop. Telephone 01631 572 004. The Oban War & Peace Museum on the North Pier is also worth a visit.
Oban is a wonderful family holiday or short leisure break destination. the regent Hotel in Oban is a family friendly hotel. Get our top recommended family attractions and days out in Oban