Oban (An t-Òban) translated in Scottish Gaelic means “The Little Bay”. Oban’s bay is known for its horseshoe shape structure and many tourists travel here during the summer months, just to watch its spectacular sunset. This complete guide to Oban covers the top things to do and hotels in Oban.

Complete Guide To Oban

 If you are looking for the great Scottish escape, you will find it here in this stunning little town.

Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, many visitors choose to stay here if they are travelling to the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

This beautiful resort is the biggest  town between Helensburgh and Fort William and is a popular tourist hub on the west coast.

Things to do in Oban 

If you are planning on spending the weekend in Oban there is a whole range of activities for you to choose from. This village may be small, but it has a lot of history.

Visitors to the town love uncovering its secrets. From castles to special recipes, you will discover a lot about Scotland during your exploring Oban.

My Voyage Scotland lists its top “things to do in Oban” below.

McCaigs Tower

The iconic McCaig’s Tower in Oban is championed by its locals. This two-tiered tower was built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig. Mr McCaig wanted to give back to the community by providing work for local stonemasons and create a lasting McCaig family monument in the town.

If you are brave enough to climb up to tower from the town centre you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Oban Bay and the Atlantic Islands.

Oban Distillery

You cannot visit Scotland without learning about the “water of life” and this small and historic distillery is  the perfect place to dot it.

Oban Distillery is located in the heart of this charming town, and those that have tasted its produce have said that its coastal location is reflected in the character of the Oban 14-year-old single malt whisky.

During your trip here you will learn about the fine art of whisky making and after you will be given the chance to enjoy a complimentary dram, cheers!

Seafood Capital of Scotland

Did you know that Oban is the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’?

Foodies adore Oban’s local cuisine and whether you enjoy a plate of good old Scottish muscles or freshly caught cod, spend your time here sampling some of the best seafood that Scotland has to offer.

Oban War & Peace Museum

One of Oban’s best attractions is run by a team of local volunteers, making it one of the best places to go if you want to learn more about the town’s history.

Oban War & Peace Museum is the perfect spot for Scottish history geeks as it contains a unique collection of artefacts and photographs from the town’s past, which helps its visitors to gain a real insight into the cultural history of this busy port town and its locals.

This attraction is open every day of the week and is free to enter.

Castle Stalker

A castle surrounded by water is something that many people have only seen in Disney films, however, this dream destination awaits you during your next visit to Oban.

The picturesque Castle Stalker is 25 miles north of Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

If you are looking to book a boat trip while you are visiting Scotland, this attraction ticks the box as you can book a tour of this stunning island.

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If you are visiting with a pet check out Dog Friendly Cottages’ page on Oban.

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