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About Oban

Information about Oban

Your first view of Oban is one that you are not likely to forget as you travel down the hill towards the bay. The view in front of you is testament to Oban’s reputation as one of Scotland’s most popular visited west coast holiday town destination. Thanks to the ferry services and railway, this is a busy town with many shops, banks, garages, cinema and many wonderful restaurants. It is particularly renowned for fresh fish and seafood restaurants. It is an ideal place to stay and explore the surrounding area.

Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Islands’ as it is the starting point for your crossing to Mull and the other Islands of the Inner Hebrides; Kerrera which protects the town from the Atlantic storms, the low, green island of Lismore, majestic Mull and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.

Oban has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. It is a friendly town and has a variety of entertainment to offer in the evenings throughout the season, with most of the larger hotels and pubs offering a variety of entertainment. There is a very popular Scottish Show at Skipinnish Ceilidh House every evening, including Scottish dancing, bagpipe music and a Scottish accordion band.

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