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.

Top Hotels in Oban

There are some great places to stay in Oban no matter what budget you are working with. My Voyage Scotland lists its top picks below!

Hotels in Oban top pick: Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel is one of a few hotels in Oban

There are many great hotels in Oban, however, our star pick has to be the royal hotel.

If you are looking for location, this hotel in Oban is just 550 yards from its railway station and ferry terminal, making it an excellent choice for older travellers.

If you are looking for traditional Scottish hospitality, guests are treated to evening entertainment, where of course, all the great Scottish tunes will be played.

Dungallan Country House

If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Oban you will find it at Dungallan Country House. This choice is on the high end of our budget range, but guests truly get what they pay for at this world-class guest house.

Enjoy the finer things in life while looking out on Oban shores, indulge a cocktail at Dungallan’s exclusive bar and take in the views or cosy up by an open log fire with a traditional malt whisky – the choice is yours!

Oban Backpackers

Oban backpackers

Oban covers all ends of the scale when it comes to accommodation.

Travelling on a budget? Not a problem, Oban Backpackers has you covered.

This hostel in central Oban provides guests with a shared kitchen, a cosy common room, and an area to store luggage.


Mckay's guest house oban

Good food, quality accommodation, and front row sea views are on offer at McKay 4-star guest house.

Perfect for couples that are exploring Scotland with no strings attached, this romantic retreat is exclusively for adults.

Peace and quiet are both on offer here as the guest house is located 15 minutes’ walk away from the town centre – sit back and relax at Mackays.

Columba Hotel

Columbia Hotel is one of a few hotels in Oban

Take a step back in time at the Columba Hotel and romanticise about the past in this unique hotel in Oban.

This hotel in Oban was built between 1865 and 1901 beside the stunning port area in the town.

Guests rate the Columba hotel for its regal rooms and wonderful service.

Self-catering Oban

Self-catering options in Oban are great for travellers that are on the go. Luckily we have found the perfect option for you. See My Voyage Scotland’s top pick for self-catering travellers.

Rowan Tree Apartment

rowan tree apartments is a self catering apartment in oban

This modern home-away-from-home is our top pick for self-catering accommodation in Oban.

This modern apartment is the perfect base for those spending a weekend or even a week in the town due to its fabulous facilities!

Not only is it fully furnished, but free wifi and toiletries are also available at the Rowan Tree Apartment.

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