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Oban - so many highlights - so much to choose from

Island Trips and Tours – With direct ferries to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay- The Caledonian MacBrayne operates an extensive service from Oban. With regular daily sailings for foot passengers and car service you won’t know where to visit first!

Oban Whisky Distillery – From mountain to lowland and island to glen, you’ll find beautifully sited distilleries still dispensing individual charm, history and the local ’water of life’. All waiting to be discovered, wherever you are in Scotland.

Oban’s War and Peace Museum – The museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts memorabilia and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people including the war years when RAF Flying Boats operated from the bay.

McCaig’s Tower – Dating back to 1897, visit the coliseum-esque structure, stroll the stunning gardens and take in the most memorable of views. A sight surely not to be missed!

Seafari Adventures – Scotland’s Foremost Sea life Adventure Boating Specialists offers exhilarating and exciting wildlife trips on the Firth of Lorn, a stunning location with an array of marine wildlife. Day trips to Iona and Staffa, Colonsay and the Garvellachs.

Scottish Sea life Sanctuary – See Seals Otters and native salt water animals up close without getting wet at Oban’s top attraction!

National Kayak School- Experience Sea Kayaking & White water kayaking with the experts. Guiding & coaching, Outfitting/ Rental Oban area and the Hebrides since 1978

Dunstaffnage Castle – A stunning sight, steeped in history offering visitors a glimpse into Scotland’s past.

Inverawe Smokery and Country Park- This visitor’s centre is a must-see in Argyll. Inverawe boasts a traditional smokehouse; one of the finest stocked fisheries in the country, well worth a visit is the historical town of Inveraray

Inveraray Jail – A living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison.

Inveraray Castle – Is the current home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. The garden covers sixteen acres of which, around two acres are formal lawns and flowerbeds, the remainder being park and woodland.



Islands and ferries

The Isle of Mull is a must visit and a short and very pleasant scenic, seal-spotting ferry trip from Oban - and is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. With an area of 875.35 square kilometres (337.97 sq. mi) Mull is the fourth largest Scottish island and the fourth largest island surrounding Great Britain. In the 2001 census the usual resident population of Mull was 2,667; in the summer this is supplemented by many tourists. Much of the population lives in Tobermory, the only burgh on the island until 1973, and its capital.

Tobermory is also home to Mull's only single malt Scotch whisky distillery, Tobermory (formerly Ledaig)

CBeebies' 'Balamory' is filmed in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.  Tobermory was chosen as the location because of it's brightly coloured houses, some of which are featured in the programme.  The orange house, where Spencer the Painter lives (in the show) wasn't always orange, but the real owner liked the new colour so he kept it!  'Pocket and Sweet' is, in real life, the Box Office for Mull Theatre and is only painted red during filming.  Afterwards, it goes back to being blue.

Iona is a very famous small island in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Mull. It was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. It is a popular tourist destination and a place for retreats, and really worth a visit.

Calmac Ferries
Discover some of Scotland's most beautiful islands in a day with a range of travel options from Oban including combined coach and ferry tours and non-landing cruises. Visit for great ideas, trips and timetables