Oban and area
Accommodation & Sightseeing

Oban
Oban with Kerrera & Mull in the background

Oban is the ideal base for visiting Dunstaffnage Castle,
Ardchattan Priory, Inveraray and many west coast islands.

Oban Transport & Travel

By road Oban is:
95 miles north of Glasgow (2 hours)
125 miles from Edinburgh (3 hours)
50 miles south of Fort William
115 miles south of Inverness (3 hours)

By coach:
Citylink services operate from Glasgow and Fort William with connections for other places.
West Coast Motors operate buses on numerous local routes and you can view their timetables on their web site.

Oban Area Map

By train:
Oban station is at the end of the line which branches off from the main Glasgow to Fort William railway.
thetrainline.com is the official way to check timetables and book train tickets online.

Airport:
Hebridean Air Services has flights between Oban airport and the islands of Islay, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay. The airport is suitable for small aircraft only.
Fly Scenic Scotland offers sightseeing trips from Oban airport in a 4-seater or 8-seater plane. Booking required. Tel: 01236 734672.

Seaplane:
You can travel from Glasgow to Oban on a 9-seat Cessna seaplane. This service is operated by Loch Lomond Seaplanes. Tel: 0870 2421457.

Calmac ferries at Oban
Ferries at Oban, with Kerrera and Mull in the background

Boat trips (day trips)
You can take lots of day trips from Oban by ferry to nearby islands. There are also many private boats advertised around the harbour which make regular trips over to Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. It is also possible to visit Mull, Iona and Staffa on combined ferry and coach day-trips from Oban. See below for details.

  • Wildlife boat trips on the spacious catamaran Mara Mhor start from the Corran Esplanade Slipway (opposite the Regent Hotel). Dolphin, seals and birds may be seen. Cruises include a 2-hour cruise around the isle of Kerrera, a half-day trip into the Sound of Mull to spot eagles, and a 1-hour trip to the seal colony. Contact Ron Stevenson. Mob: 07774 475995 / Tel: 01631 563387. Charters by request.
  • Highland Tiger is 39 ft fast catamaran which offers scheduled wildlife boat trips and private charter with easy pontoon access and free parking at Dunstaffnage Marina, just outside Oban. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Wildlife Experience. Tel: 01631 720 609.
  • Allan's seal trips take on a little boat called the MV Purple Heather from the railway pier. Mob: 07732554746 / Tel: 01631 565 059.
  • Skipinnish Sea Tours offer 1 hour tours by RIB from Oban around the Isle of Kerrera. Mobile: 07799 275 388.

Visit the local tourist office for dates and times of all the boat trips available from Oban.

The National Kayak School based in Oban offers canoeing courses and holidays, and also has the Sea Kayak Oban shop & outfitters in Argyll Street, just off George Street. Tel: 01631 565 310.

Stramash offers adventure days with sea kayaking, white water kayaking, coasteering, canyoning, gorge scrambling, rock climbing & abseiling, open canoeing, dinghy sailing, bushcraft, mountain skills and much more. Individuals, groups and schools welcome. Tel: 01631 566080.

Cruise ships / charters
Advance booking is required for all these cruises.

  • Elizabeth G Charters offer diving and wildlife/scenic cruises around the west coast of Scotland including 6-day trips to Outer Hebrides and St Kilda. Cruises start in Oban. Accommodation on board for 12 guests.
  • Moonshadow Yacht Charter Ltd (based at Dunstaffnage Marina, near Oban) offers 4-12 day skippered sailing holidays around the west coast of Scotland including the Hebrides and St Kilda aboard an Oyster 68.
  • Northern Light Charters has 4 small ships which offer a variety of private charter, wildlife cruises, bird-watching and whale-watching cruises, dive charter, island cruising, and research and survey services. Based in Oban.
  • Sails and Summits offer skippered sailing holidays exploring the west coast of Scotland & the Hebrides. This ocean sailing cruiser with crew is available for up to 5 people. No experience required. Trips range from 3 to 10 nights. Hill walking, mountain and gorge scrambling, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and canoeing can be arranged. RYA navigation courses also available. Based in Oban.
  • The Majestic Line operate 3 and 6-night cruises from Oban (and from Holy Loch, near Dunoon) in converted traditional wooden vessels with 6 cabins (for 12 guests) to explore the coastline and islands of Argyll. April to October.
  • Hebridean Princess - small cruise ship (48 guests) offering 5 star luxury accommodation and food. Sails from Oban. Variety of itineraries on the west coast and Hebrides. March - November.
  • Noble Caledonia - variety of itineraries and cruise ships, including expeditions to various Scottish islands.

Mobility:
Oban Shopmobility has a range of equipment including mobility scooters and wheelchairs available to use from their office by the train station car park. Tel: 01631 567150.

Bike hire:

Car hire:

Travellers Tips

Weather forecasts for Oban are provided by Yahoo.
Also check out the Oban webcams.

Scotland Made Easy can plan a customised itinerary for a self-drive tour to suit your interests, budget and time available. Perhaps you would like to go island hopping? They will book you into recommended accommodation where you are assured of quality, comfort and hospitality - usually in 4 or 5 star B&Bs in Scottish homes. Optional 'specials' include a night in a castle, church, lighthouse, country mansion, etc.

Highland Dimensions, run by Maggie Dera, is a small language school offering English tuition in Oban. Visit their web site (in German and English) for more info.

Tour Guides:

  • Kathleen Cameron is a professional Scottish tour guide living in Inveraray (tel: 01499 30 2361 or mobile phone: 07777 5691641). For walking or driving tours in cities, towns, or countryside, she can accompany groups of any size, from independent travellers (up to 7 in her own vehicle) to coach parties. Tours can be started from any destination including Edinburgh or Glasgow. Fluent in Spanish.

Oban photo
Oban harbour overlooked by McCaig's Tower

Oban Sightseeing & Shopping

Thanks to the ferry and railway, this is a busy town with many shops, banks, supermarkets, garages, and post office. It is the ideal place to stay and explore the surrounding area or to stop overnight if you are on your way to the Isle of Mull. Known as the Gateway to the Isles, it has a population of some 8,500.
Oban is now known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland, and indeed it offers a great taste of Scotland with its many seafood restaurants, chocolate shop and whisky distillery).

Ferries leave Oban for the following islands: Islay, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Lismore, Barra and South Uist. Numerous day trips are possible - see below for ferry day trip details.

Many day excursions are possible from Oban by car. Visitors without transport will need to check out the local bus timetables (see West Coast Motors). You can also take advantage of the Citylink coach services which operate on the road north to Fort William, on the road south to Lochgilphead in Argyll and Kintyre, and also inland to Inveraray (see below).

There are lots of shops, pubs and restaurants in Oban including major chains such as Boots, WH Smiths, Waterstones, Tesco and the Co-op. For eating out click here. Right by the railway, on the pier is a modern centre aimed at tourists with souvenir shops, cafes and the ferry office.
Internet access is available at Oban Library at 77 Albany Street (closed Tuesdays & Sundays).
Nancy Blacks in Argyll Square is a marvellous store full of chandlery goods and outdoor clothing & equipment.
Gift shops with a difference include Orsay (on the corner of Stevenson Street and George Street, near Waterstones) and Room 15 (on Stafford Street, between the distillery and the North pier). The Iona Shop next to the Caledonian Hotel specialises in jewellery and gifts.

The Oban War & Peace Museum is in the old Oban Times building, near the Regent Hotel and the North Pier. Open daily from March to November. Admission free. Tel: 01631 570007.

How about a trip to the Oban Chocolate Factory? They have a cafe, shop and factory down on the Corran Esplanade just past the War & Peace Museum - tel: 01631 566099. Open daily from Easter to late September (closed on Sundays in the winter). Closed throughout January.
Not far from there is The Gem Box which is an amazing treasure trove of jewellery and precious stones.
Oban Phoenix Cinema is in George Street.

Oban museum

Oban Distillery Oban Distillery

The Oban Distillery Visitor Centre in Stafford Street (near the North Pier) is open Monday to Friday from March to November (plus some weekends in summer) for guided tours. There's an audio visual exhibition and gift shop. Telephone 01631 572 004.

The new VisitScotland tourist information centre is on the corner by the North Pier (near the restaurants called Piazza and Ee-usk): please note this is not the pier where the Calmac ferry terminal is situated.

The bay is dominated by McCaig's Tower, a replica of the Colosseum of Rome. A banker called John McCaig had it built between 1897 and 1900 as a memorial to his family and to provide employment for the townsmen. It's quite a steep climb to the top of the hill, but there are a couple of benches where you can sit and get your breath back. On a clear day you can see over to Mull. Some books call it McCaig's Folly. He was born on the nearby island of Lismore (see below).

view of Oban
View from Pulpit Hill with the ferry leaving Oban harbour for Mull
Photo courtesy of Feorlin B&B whose owner Lorna Campbell
is a relative of the late John Stuart McCaig (who founded the McCaig Tower).

Oban cathedral
You can also visit the cathedral which is located on The Esplanade.

The Atlantis leisure centre in Oban includes swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.
Nearby there are tennis and squash courts and a bowling green.
Just on the outskirts of town is Glencruitten Golf Course (18 holes).
For yachties, Oban Marina is situated in the shelter of Kerrera. There is a regular shuttle service passenger ferry running from the marina to Oban town centre (mob: 07749307600 / tel: 01631 565333).
Ganavan Sands just 1.75 miles north of the centre of Oban. Picturesque sandy beach with toilets & car park.

The Oban Times (local newspaper) has a useful tourist map of Oban which you can download for free.

Events in/around Oban for 2014 include:

For more local events, visit the Oban diary

mi love oban is a handy web site and app with lots of deals and offers from business around the town.

The Skipinnish Ceilidh House (upstairs in George Street overlooking Oban harbour) regularly features authentic Highland music and local bands. Tel: 01631 56 95 99.

Oban harbour & Distillery

Day Trips from Oban to Mull, Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles:

There are lots of different daily tours usually from April to October. For example, you can take the ferry to Mull and then board a coach with driver-guide. There are various combinations to choose from - short or long - some include a boat trip to Staffa, some give you a couple of hours on Iona. Check out all the options when you get there - pick up leaflets from the tourist office or at the pier. If you wish to enquire in advance, the main day-tour operators for these trips are:

  • City Sightseeing Oban is an open top bus tour which operates from 23 May to 29 September 2014. Tel: 01631 566 809.
  • Caledonian MacBrayne which offers day cruises to the islands, plus dinner cruises also available.
  • West Coast Tours in Oban (tel: 01631 566 809). Full day to Mull & Iona or full day on the Mull Circular Tour or the Full Day Mull, Iona & Staffa Tour.
  • Gordon Grant Tours opposite Oban railway station on the pier (tel: 01681 700338 / 01631 571112 / 01631 562842). Variety of coach & boat trips departing from Oban: Mull, Iona, Staffa and Treshnish Isles. Boat trips are also available to Staffa and Treshnish Isles from Mull and Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan peninsula). Online booking available.
  • Turus Mara boat trips from Mull to Staffa/Iona. Get the ferry from Oban to Craignure and then board their courtesy (advance booking required). Telephone 01688 400 242 or freephone 08000 85 87 86. Alternatively, book through the Turus Mara office at 1 Waterfront (The Restaurant), Railway Pier, Oban (Tel: 01631 566999) or through the Oban Tourist Information Centre.
  • The Duart Coach Package enables you to travel by ferry from Oban to Craignure and board the bus to visit Duart Castle without taking your own car. This operates from April to mid October. At Craignure, the Duart Coach meets the 9.50am, 11.55am and 2pm ferries, Sunday to Friday. On Saturdays, the coach meets the 9.30am, 11.45am and 2pm ferries. The coach is easy to identify as it is painted with the Duart Castle logo. You can get your travel tickets from the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry office in Oban.
  • CalMac operates a day cruise to the isle of Tiree in association with Kennedy Coaches & the Scarinish Hotel. Includes 6 hours ashore on Tiree. Thursdays only from 5 June to 25 September 2014. Visit the CalMac ferry web site for details. Non-landing cruises and evening dinner cruises are also available.
  • CalMac operates a day cruise to the isle of Coll plus a guided tour of the island. Visit the CalMac ferry web site for details. Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays from April to end October.
  • Based in Easdale (south of Oban), Sea.fari Adventures (Oban) offer regular trips in a rigid inflatable boat. These include the Corryvreckan whirlpool, Colonsay, Iona/Staffa, the Garvellachs and whale watching. Visit Scotland 4 star wildlife trip boat operator. Private charter available. Tel: 01852 300003.
  • Coastal Connection have 2 cabined RIBs for charter based in Oban. Tel: 01631 565833 / 07919615210.

Sightseeing around Oban

Here are some of the sights to the NORTH of Oban. (Details on places SOUTH of the town are given further down the page.)

ISLE OF LISMORE
From Oban, a small Cal Mac ferry takes you over to Lismore (10 miles long and 1.5 miles wide) in 50 minutes. If you want a short sea-cruise, why not just go there and back. No Sunday service. A small passenger ferry also sails to the island from Port Appin.

The island is home to nearly 300 types of plant and 130 species of birds. For a peaceful 'get away from it all' destination it is ideal. There are several ruined castles, brochs and duns. Read more and see photos on the Isle of Lismore page.

DUNOLLIE CASTLE
(just on the northern outskirts of Oban)

The castle ruins dominate the skyline overlooking the northern entrance to Oban harbour. This was the seat of the MacDougalls, the Lords of Lorne, who once owned a third of Scotland.
The 1745 House at Dunollie is a new museum and cultural centre including the renowned Hope MacDougall Collection, a fascinating social history collection drawn from throughout the Highlands and Islands. It has exhibitions and a range of activities for all ages. Open from April. Admission charge (free for children under 16). Guided tours are available. Woodland trails. Telephone 01631 570550. For full details visit the official site: www.dunollie.org

This image is copyright Colin Palmer stock photo library (prints and posters available for purchase).

photo of Dunollie Castle

DUNSTAFFNAGE CASTLE (5 miles north of Oban)
Once the capital of Dalriada, the original Kingdom of the Scots, it was to here that The Stone of Destiny was originally brought over from Ireland via Iona. This huge, ruined castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland. Open all year (reduced opening hours in winter when it is closed on Thursdays and Fridays).
Click here for full details, history and photos on the Chatelaine's Scottish Castles web site.

At nearby Dunstaffnage Marina there are facilities for yachts, plus the popular Wide Mouthed Frog restaurant. Also home to Oban Sea Fishing.

OCEAN EXPLORER CENTRE
The Ocean Explorer Centre opened in 2013 next to Dunstaffnage Castle. Exhibitions, underwater observatory, gift shop and cafe. Open daily from 1 April to 31 October, and Monday – Friday from 1 November to 31 March (closed 21 December – 2 February). This is a visitor and outreach facility of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).

ARDCHATTAN PRIORY RUINS AND GARDEN (7 miles east of Oban)
It is one of three Valliscaulian houses and was founded in 1231 by Duncan MacDougall, Lord of Lorne. It is said that the last Parliament meeting to be conducted in Gaelic was held here by Robert the Bruce in 1308 or 1309 (depending on which history books you read). The history books also say that it was burned by Cromwell's soldiers in 1654. The house is apparently the second oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Honesty box for access to the gardens and priory ruins which are open 9am-6pm from 1 April (or Good Friday if earlier) - 31 October. Web site.

KINTALINE PLANT AND POULTRY CENTRE (north of Oban)
The Kintaline Farm Plant and Poultry Centre at Benderloch includes poultry and waterfowl breeding park & plant nursery full of interesting perennials, herbs and alpines. Fresh Eggs for sale always. Phone 01631 720223.

CONNEL (north of Oban)
The village has several hotels and bars. From here you have views of the famous tidal Falls of Lora. The bridge crosses Loch Etive. Connel Airfield is nearby.

SCOTTISH SEALIFE CENTRE (10 miles north of Oban)
Near Barcaldine about 20 minutes north of Oban by bus or car. Displays of various fish and seals. Restaurant, gift shop, nature trail and adventure playground. Open February to December (reduced opening hours from October - March when not all facilities may be available). Admission is quite expensive but tickets are valid all day. Tel: 01631 720 386. Visit their web site for full details.... Hourly bus service available from Oban.

BARCALDINE CASTLE (left turn several miles before you reach Barcaldine)
Sitting just a few hundred metres from the shore of Loch Creran, the castle can be found to the south-west of Barcaldine. Please respect the owners' privacy. B&B available. Tel: 01631 720598.

ferry at Port Appin

PORT APPIN
Situated about 20 miles north of Oban and 27 miles south of Fort William. Look for the signposts from the main A828 road to the village and you will get a good view of Castle Stalker. There's a craft shop (closed in winter) and a general store. The 4 star Airds Hotel offers excellent accommodation and food by the Scottish National Hotel Chef of The Year 2007. Near there you will see an old lighthouse lantern which now contains a display about the area.
At the village pier, a small passenger ferry operates to the beautiful island of Lismore (which can also be reached by a car ferry from Oban).
The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant was awarded AA Seafish Pub of the Year for Scotland 2007.

APPIN
Famous for the murder dramatised by Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel "Kidnapped". The incident occurred in 1752 when Colin Campbell of Glenure ("The Red Fox") was shot and fatally wounded. His assailant escaped and an innocent man was tried, then hung some months later. If you want to see where James Stewart was hanged, then look for the white stone on a rock plinth just above the road at the Ballachulish Bridge. It is said that the name of the true murderer, possibly the convicted man's son, has been passed down through the centuries by word of mouth and Campbell's ghost is reported to have been seen on more than one occasion.

Kinlochlaich Gardens and Nursery
Near the Appin Police Station you can visit Kinlochlaich House which has the largest Nursery Garden Centre in Scotland. It is open every day (except Sundays from mid-October to March). Also see the Glorious Gardens of Argyll web site.

Castle Stalker, Argyll
Castle Stalker photo © giskard | Fotolia.com

CASTLE STALKER (25 miles north of Oban)
Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, this much-photographed castle was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. More recently it was used in a Monty Python film. It can be visited during the summer by appointment only. Tel: 01631 730 234. Check the official site for details of guided tours this year.
Overlooking the castle is The View & Co which has a great cafe and gift shop, plus live bird nest cameras and a mini IMAX theatre with local wildlife film. Open all year except January. Tel: 01631 730444. Stretch your legs by taking the path through the gate so you can take a photo of the castle. Located on the main A828 overlooking Loch Linnhe.

For other places a little further away to the north, check my page on Fort William

Places to visit south of Oban

ISLAND OF KERRERA
Just south of the centre of Oban, you can cross over to Kerrera. At one end of this 4-mile long island stands the monument to David Hutcheson, the first man to start a regular ferry service over to the Hebrides.

At the other end is the recently restored Gylen Castle, known as the castle of fountains, which was once a stronghold of the MacDougalls.
The island's other claim to fame is that Alexander II died in Horseshoe Bay in 1249 whilst attempting to recover the Hebrides from King Haakon IV of Norway.
Kerrera is home to wild goats, Soay sheep, otters and seals. Some of which you might see if you're lucky. The tea garden is open Wednesdays - Sundays from Easter to September. A bunkhouse is also available (Tel: 01631 570 223).

To reach the island, you need to take the 12-passenger ferry about 2 miles south of Oban on the Gallanach Road. Ferry crossings at 8.45am, then every 30 minutes from 10.30am - 12.30pm and from 2pm - 6pm in summer (less frequently in winter). Rotate the ferry board to black to attract the ferryman's attention.
Kerrera is also home to Oban Marina which runs a passenger ferry to/from Oban North Pier (look for the blue boat called Kerrera). They also offer moorings, repairs, chandlery, storage, toilets/showers/laundry, fuel, etc. Tel: 01631 565 333.
The Isle of Kerrera Development Trust is the local community web site.

Take a 2-hour cruise around Kerrera on the spacious catamaran Mara Mhor - starting from the Corran Esplanade Slipway (opposite the Regent Hotel in Oban). Dolphin, seals and birds may be seen. Contact Ron Stevenson. Mob: 07774 475995 / Tel: 01631 563387.

THE BRIDGE OVER THE ATLANTIC (12 miles south of Oban)

This links Seil Island to the mainland. Designed by Telford in 1792, it has a very high back and is host to a rare species of fairy foxglove. After the Jacobite rising of 1745, the wearing of kilts carried the death penalty and so it was here that the Highlanders changed their clothes when venturing across to the mainland.
Next to the bridge, you'll find petrol pumps and a kiosk where you can buy local photos, plus an inn called Tigh an Truish (House of the Trousers) where they serve excellent pub food including vegetarian options.
Bridge over the Atlantic
Photo copyright 2006 The Internet Guide to Scotland
View from the Bridge over the Atlantic
Photo copyright 2006 The Internet Guide to Scotland

ISLANDS OF SEIL - EASDALE - LUING
The main settlement on the small island of Seil is Ellanabeich, a picturesque village with several rows of white cottages built for the quarry workers and their families. Almost everything here seems to be made of the local slate, even garden tables and chairs. Public toilets are situated near the pier.
For more info visit the Seil community web site.
There are tourist shops plus the Oyster Brewery, Bar and Restaurant and the Highland Arts Exhibition (gift shop featuring the works of the late C J Taylor, free tea and coffee, picnic area and putting green).

slate cottages
Photo copyright 2006 The Internet Guide to Scotland

From April to October you can visit the An Cala gardens on Seil.
In the south-east tip of the island, you can find the Ballachuan Hazel Wood nature reserve which has over 250 different species of lichen.

Opposite Ellanabeich is an even smaller island called Easdale (51 inhabitants). Boats go over regularly during the day to take you the 400 metres from Seil to Easdale. The Easdale Folk Museum is open from April to October (the curator, Jean Adams can be contacted on Tel: 01852 300370). The Puffer Bar has a tearoom and restaurant.
Information is available on the Easdale Island Trust web site

Ellanabeich
Ellanabeich photo copyright 2006
The Internet Guide to Scotland

The neighbouring Isle of Luing also has its own web site. A regular vehicle ferry operates on the 3 minute crossing from Seil to Luing (phone Argyll & Bute Council on 01631 562125). Once on the island you can hire a bike (phone 01852 314274) or get a trip around with the Postbus at certain times.

Boat trips from Seil Island:

  • Based at Balvicar pier, Sealife Adventures offer a variety of trips including the Corryvreckan whirlpool, Garvellachs and whale watching. Tel: 01631 571010 / 01852 300203.
  • Based in Easdale, Sea.fari Adventures (Oban) offer regular trips in a rigid inflatable boat. These include the Corryvreckan whirlpool, Colonsay, Iona/Staffa, the Garvellachs and whale watching. Private charter available. Tel: 01852 300003.

ARMADDY CASTLE GARDENS (12 miles south of Oban)
8 miles south of Oban, you will see the signs for the B844 to Easdale / Seil. About a mile before you reach the Bridge over the Atlantic, follow the signs for Armaddy Castle Gardens along the single track road.
Admission is for a small charge via an honesty box. Plants and vegetables from the garden are for sale. There is a toilet.
Please note the castle is not open to the public. However, there are holiday cottages on the estate which you can rent for self catering.
Member of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll More details.

Ardmaddy Castle gardens
Ardmaddy Castle gardens photo copyright 2006
The Internet Guide to Scotland

KILMELFORD
Village on the A816 where The Quaich operates as the local cafe, post office, general store and crafts gallery. Kilmelford community web site.
About 1.5 miles from the main road is Melfort Village - a self catering complex which includes the Shower of Herring - a bar/restaurant open to non-residents (tel: 01852 200 345).
Near here is Melfort House - a luxury country house B&B.

ARDUAINE GARDEN (20 miles south of Oban)
Halfway between Oban and Lochgilphead on the main road (A816), look for the brown tourist signs indicating the turn to the gardens and the Loch Melfort Hotel (formerly Arduaine House). Owned by National Trust of Scotland and a member of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll, Arduaine Garden has various routes you can explore depending on the time you have available. Well known for its rhododendrons in particular, there is also mixture of woodland, ponds and a coastal viewpoint. Click here for details. The garden is open all year in daylight hours. The reception centre is staffed from April to end September. Telephone 01852 200366.
The Loch Melfort Hotel bar and restaurant have a great view of the loch and islands, so it's well worth stopping for a bite to eat even if you are not staying at the hotel.

CRAOBH HAVEN
Further down the A816 is the Craobh Haven marina which has plenty of facilities for yachts. The brightly painted houses form a new village which also includes a pub.

ARDFERN
Local facilities include the marina at the Ardfern Yacht Centre, boat trips by Craignish Cruises and the Ardfern Riding Centre.
Aird Farm Holiday Cottages offer 4 star and 5 star self catering accommodation, 3 miles outside Ardfern.

Carnasserie Castle
Carnasserie Castle photo copyright 2006
The Internet Guide to Scotland

CARNASSERIE CASTLE (28 miles south of Oban)
2 miles north of Kilmartin you will see signs to the car park from where you can start the walk across the fields to Carnasserie Castle. The ruins are now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and can be visited. Admission is free. There are no floors intact in the main hall but there are towers on each end which can be climbed.
This is a good example of a French Renaissance-influenced tower-house with hall-house, built in 1565.
More photos.

KILMARTIN (30 miles south of Oban)
In Kilmartin churchyard are some magnificent carved gravestones. Around Kilmartin Glen many prehistoric and medieval monuments can be found including burial cairns, stone circles and cup-and-ring engravings. Some of these historic sites are 5000 years old. The ancient hill fort at Dunadd was once the capital of Kingdom of Dalriada where kings were crowned.
Kilmartin House Museum (in the village of Kilmartin) has an exhibition, gift shop and tearoom. Various events and workshops are organised.
The museum is open daily from March to October. Reduced opening hours in November and December, then closed January and February. Tel: 01546 510 278 to check.

Kilmartin stones
Kilmartin stones photo copyright 2006
The Internet Guide to Scotland

CRINAN
The Crinan Canal takes boats the 9 miles between Crinan on the west coast and Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne. You will probably see lots of yachts at Crinan which has a chandlery and boatyard, as well as various places to eat and stay.

KINTYRE
From Lochgilphead you can head further south down to Tarbert on Loch Fyne and the historic sites on the Kintyre Peninsula which has ferries to the Cowal peninsula, Isle of Gigha, Islay and Arran.

Places to visit east of Oban

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Part of Loch Etive, seen from the bridge at Connel

LOCH ETIVE
12 miles east of Oban is the village of Taynuilt. Go down to the pier and you can have a cruise on this beautiful loch. A 90-minute cruise departs at 10am and 12 noon every day (except Saturday) from May to September. A 3-hour cruise departs at 2pm every day (except Saturday) from April to October. Details on the Loch Etive cruises web page. Telephone: 01866 822 430.
Taynuilt also has a nice tearoom called Robin's Nest. Inverawe Smokehouse (restaurant and tours) is nearby and specialises in smoked salmon and trout.

LOCH AWE
East of Taynuilt and 2 miles west of Dalmally is Loch Awe with the picturesque ruins of Kilchurn Castle (owned by Historic Scotland). From the pierhead (below the railway station and village) you can have a boat ride during the summer tourist season to see the castle. Telephone: 01838 200 440.
25 miles in length, Loch Awe is longest freshwater loch in Scotland. From Loch Awe Boats (on the B840 road, 3 miles south of Cladich, off the A819 Dalmally to Inveraray road) you can hire motor boats, rowing boats and canoes - tel: 07703112422.
The 5 star award-winning hydro electric power centre on Ben Cruachan (3281 feet) is open to visitors with guided tours, a free exhibition plus a cafe and picnic area.
In the village of Lochawe be sure to stop for a look around St Conan’s Kirk - a magnificent church perched on the shore of the loch.

Kilchurn Castle
Photo copyright Heartland - Fotolia.com
Inveraray Castle
Photo ©
The Internet Guide to Scotland 2009

INVERARAY CASTLE
This the pale, baronial castle, hidden amid the dark green trees, appears almost as a vision from a fairy-tale. Seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the clan Campbell, the original castle was rebuilt, together with the town in the mid-eighteenth century.
The present Duke of Argyll lives here with his wife Eleanor who is a descendant of the Cadbury chocolate dynasty.

The castle is open to visitors daily during the summer season (April - October) but only for afternoons on Sundays. Tearoom, toilets and gift shop. 16 acres of grounds. Free access to the woodland walks.
For prices and opening times of the castle, visit the official web site: www.inveraray-castle.com.

INVERARAY (38 miles south of Oban)
18th century royal burgh sitting on the shores of Loch Fyne. For a good view of the surrounding area, climb to the top of the Bell Tower of All Saints' Episcopal Church. There are numerous shops including an old style pharmacy, Woollen Mill andLoch Fyne Whiskies. Try the George Hotel (winner of CAMRA's Argyll Pub of the Year 2007) on the main street for a nice meal.
The Inveraray Highland Games take place in July. More local events and info about the town can be found on the local web site inveraray-argyll.com

Go down to the pier and you can visit a three masted vessel called the Arctic Penguin where you can look around the engine room and watch film of old sailing boats and steamships. There are exhibitions below decks (not suitable for disabled access), plus a small coffee shop and gift shop.

Inveraray Castle
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Inveraray saw much wartime activity in the 1940s. The Inveraray local history society has more details about this. Tigh-an-Ruadh (now the Loch Fyne Hotel) was turned into the HQ for Combined Operations Training. A plaque at the hotel commemorates those who visited at that time - including King George VI, de Gaulle, Eisenhower and Winston Churchill (who held some of the War Cabinets here).
Just a short walk from Inveraray is a self catering cottage called The Muir of Auchnabreac overlooking Loch Fyne.

INVERARAY JAIL MUSEUM
This award-winning museum is well worth a visit. It includes a torture and punishment exhibition, the old courtroom which is set out as it would have been in the 1800s, the Old Prison built in 1820 and the New Prison which dates from 1848 from where convicts were sent to Australia. You will meet warders and prisoners walking about in costume.
Since these are old buildings, disabled access is limited to the shop, information room, toilet, courtyard and the ground floor corridor of the Old Prison.
Open every day April - October 9.30 am - 6 pm. Winter 10 am - 5 pm. Telephone: 01499 302 381.
Full details on the Inveraray Jail Museum web site - also includes interactive tour and information about prisoners who were transported to the Colonies.

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CRARAE GARDENS
Located on Loch Fyne, 12 miles south of Inveraray, this is a spectacular 50-acre woodland garden which is particularly beautiful in Spring and Autumn. Gardens are open all year. Visitor Centre open daily from 1 April to 30 September. Owned by The National Trust for Scotland. One of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll.

Featured Accommodation

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Hotels in Oban

Hotel

Oban Bay Hotel
Corran Esplanade
Oban PA34 5AE

Oban Bay Hotel

Situated on the edge of Dunollie Wood and the Esplanade
overlooking Oban Bay and the Firth of Lorne.
Originally a large private house, now extended.
Full-length sun lounge with spectacular sea views.
Spa with sauna, steam room, aromatherapy, massage,
outdoor hot tub, health & beauty treatments.

Bar and restaurant with excellent reputation especially for seafood.
Facilities for weddings and conferences.
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars. AA 3 Stars.

80 ensuite bedrooms with TV, tea/coffee, etc.
Choice of standard rooms, executive rooms & 4 poster suites.
Room service available. WiFi.
B&B prices from £40 per person.
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Hotel

Queens Hotel
Esplanade
Oban PA34 5AG

Queens Hotel

Victorian villa situated on the Esplanade in Oban
with wonderful views across Oban Bay.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Hotel.
Family owned. Recently refurbished.

A friendly hotel with restaurant & lounge bar.
Within walking distance of the pier and town centre.
1 mile from the railway station.
A few minutes walk from Dunollie Point.

Choice of 42 ensuite bedrooms
(superking doubles, twin and single).
All with telephone, TV, tea/coffee, etc.
Most with Jacuzzi® whirlpool bath or extra large shower.
B&B prices from £39.50 per person.

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Hotel

Columba Hotel
The Esplanade
Oban PA34 5QD

Columba Hotel

Situated right on the seafront
on the North Pier in the middle of town.
Recently refurbished and restored to its original Victorian glory
with high ceilings and elegant cornices.
Restaurant with good food and service.
Private parking.

Choice of 50 ensuite bedrooms
(most with views of the sea and harbour).
All with telephone, Sky TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee.
Internet access available.
Upgrade to superior bedrooms available.
B&B prices from £34.50 per person
including a hot and cold buffet breakfast.
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Hotel

Royal Hotel
Argyll Square
Oban PA34 4BE

Royal Hotel

Situated in the centre of town
close to the harbour and ferry terminal.
Traditional Scottish hospitality with quality modern surroundings.
Private car park. AA 3 Stars.

Restaurant, lounge and ceilidh bar.
Regular evening entertainment
(including the famous Scottish Show with Torquil the Piper).
Free Wi-fi access in all public areas.

Choice of 91 ensuite bedrooms (single, twin, double).
All with TV, telephone, hairdyer, hospitality tray.
B&B prices from £39.50 per person.
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Hotels around Oban

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The Oyster Inn
Connel
by Oban PA37 1PJ

OYSTER INN & RESTAURANT

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Inn.
Friendly, informal hotel at Connel with mountain views
overlooking the famous Falls of Lora.
Just 5 miles north of Oban.

Restaurant with views over Loch Etive to Mull, Lismore & Morven.
Lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals.
Adjacent to the Ferryman's Bar - an 18th century pub
with cosy log fire and regular local live music.

11 ensuite double/twin bedrooms
all with TV, DVD, CD player, radio.
B&B prices from £45 per person.
Instant online booking.

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Taychreggan
Taychreggan
Kilchrenan
By Taynuilt
Argyll PA35 1HQ
Telephone: +44(0)1866 833 211
Fax: +44(0)1866 833 244
Email: enquiries@taychregganhotel.co.uk

TAYCHREGGAN

One of Scotland's top country house hotels.
Set on its own bay, on the shores of Loch Awe.
300 year old former drover's inn with 40 acres of garden & woodland.
Recent major refurbishment programme.
Personal & friendly service. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Award-winning cuisine. Restaurant with AA 2 Rosettes.
High speed Wi-Fi access.

Ideal for a romantic getaway or exploring the castles & mountains of Argyll.
Fishing available for brown trout and salmon. Boat and ghillie for hire.
20 miles from Oban.

Voted 'One of Britain's Most Romantic Hotels' by the AA Inspectors.
Awarded the Corps D'Elite for providing an outstanding Wine List.
Michelin 'Red Rocking Chair' award. Les Routiers 'Gold Key' award.
Runner up for Scottish Romantic Hotel of the Year 2009
in the HotelReviewScotland awards.

Open fires, lounge bar, 2 guest lounges, snooker room, courtyard with orangerie.
Facilities available for wedding ceremonies (civil and religious)
and receptions. Wedding co-ordinator to help with your plans.
Exclusive use can be arranged.
In-room massage treatments by licensed therapist (advance booking required).
High speed Wi-fi access is available in public areas.

18 luxury ensuite bedrooms & suites - many overlooking the loch.
All rooms have a flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee,
telephone, bottled water, sherry, toiletries & bathrobes.
Master suite with 4-poster bed, sitting area & spa bath.

B&B from £63.50 per person.
5-course table d'hote dinner £45.
Dogs welcome (extra charge).
Short breaks and special offers often available.
Online booking.

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Hotel

Contact Andrew and Sarah Stanton
The Galley of Lorne Inn
Ardfern
by Lochgilphead
Argyll PA31 8QN
Tel: 01852 500 284
Fax: 01852 500 578
Email: enquiries@galleyoflorne.co.uk

Galley of Lorne Inn

17th century drovers inn beside Loch Craignish.
Situated in the picturesque yachting village of Ardfern.
Near the historic sites of Kilmartin Glen.
24 miles south of Oban.
14 miles north of Lochgilphead.
Ideal for sailing, walking, cycling, fishing, etc.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011 - 1012 - 2013 - 2014.
Member of Britian's Finest.
Winners of 'The Award Of Excellence for Quality
& Service Retreat of the Year 2008 - 2009'
(awarded by The Shires Magazine).

Restaurant with picture windows overlooking the loch.
Menus with local ingredients including seafood and game.
Public bar and lounge bar with real ales & 50 malt whiskies.

Licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies
Function suite with seating for 130. Marquees also available.
Church weddings can be held in the traditional stone church next to the inn.

6 ensuite double and twin bedrooms,
some with fold up beds for children.
One bedroom is suitable for guests with mobility problems.
All bedrooms have WiFi, Freeview TV, hairdryer,
clock radio with ipod docking facility, tea / coffee, central heating.

B&B prices from £32.50 per person (2 sharing).
See latest special offers
10% discount on stays of 5 nights or more (2 people sharing).
Child rates available. Single occupancy supplement.
Dogs welcome (surcharge applies).
Instant online booking.

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Hotel

Loch Fyne Hotel
Shore Street
Inveraray PA32 8XT

LOCH FYNE HOTEL & LEISURE CLUB

Set in Inveraray overlooking Loch Fyne.
Wonderful views across the loch to the Cowal Hills.
A short stroll from the castle, town centre & golf course.
Oban 35 miles.
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Hotel.

Leisure suite with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool bath,
outdoor hot tub, tanning cabin, health & beauty treatments.
Lochview Restaurant menu features locally-caught seafood.
Lounge bar.
Facilities for weddings and conferences.

Choice of 74 spacious bedrooms and mini-suites
all with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press, etc.
B&B prices from £50 per person.

Historic house commandeered during WWII
for Combined Operations Training.
Visited by Eisenhower and Winston Churchill.

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Creggans Inn

Archie & Gillian MacLellan
The Creggans Inn
Strachur
Argyll PA27 8BX
Tel: 01369 860279
Email: info@creggans-inn.co.uk

THE CREGGANS INN

Family-run, friendly, country Inn with award-winning restaurant.
Set on the shores of Loch Fyne, with views across to Inveraray.
Winners in 2012 Scottish Hotel Awards of
Hospitality Gold Medal and Inn of the Year.
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Gold Small Hotel.
AA 2 Red Rosettes.
Peaceful rural retreat near the Argyll Forest Park.
Ideal for walking, cycling, wildlife watching, gardens, castles.
Inveraray 21 miles. Dunoon 20 miles. Loch Lomond 22 miles.
80 minutes drive from Glasgow. 60 miles from Oban.

Choice of dining at
MacPhunn's Bar & Restaurant with bistro style menu
and the Loch Fyne Dining Room with 5-course table d’hote menu.
Fresh locally sourced produce.
Member of The Seafood Trail.

Choice of 14 individually decorated bedrooms
including a suite with separate sitting room.
All with TV, telephone, radio, hairdryer, tea/coffee.
Free WiFi.
Pets welcome (small charge).

B&B prices from £50 per person (2 sharing).
Special offers on 2-3 night Dinner, B&B breaks
Hogmanay package
Instant online booking.

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B&Bs in Oban

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Fiona Campbell
Avoncraig B&B
Duncraggan Road
Oban PA34 5DT
Tel: 01631 564199
Mobile: 07896 093064
Email: avoncraig@mccaigstower.co.uk

Avoncraig B&B

New B&B situated right beside McCaigs Tower.
Less than 10 minutes walk from the town centre & leisure/sports complex.
Traditional Scottish hospitality.

1 double bedroom (en-suite bath/shower room).
1 twin bedroom (en-suite shower).
Tea/coffee, remote control TV, hairdryer.
Free WiFi. Central heating. Off-street parking.
Choice of full Scottish breakfast or continental breakfast.
Vegetarians welcome.

B&B prices from £27.50 per person.
Reduction for stays of more than 3 nights.
No smoking. No pets.

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Feorlin B&B
Contact: Lorna Campbell
Feorlin
Longsdale Road
Oban PA34 5DZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1631 562 930
Email: feorlin@btinternet.com

Feorlin B&B

Less than 8 minutes walk to Oban town centre.
Friendly owner with much local knowledge.
Well recommended.
Ensuite accommodation for up to 3 guests together
in 2 adjoining bedrooms (double & single).
Sorry no singles travelling alone.
No smoking. TV, hair dryer, etc.
Payphone and central heating. Free WiFi.
Vegetarians catered for.
Off-street parking available.

B&B prices £32.50 per person.
Open: February - November.

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B&Bs / Guest Houses in Argyll & Area

Barcaldine Castle
Barcaldine Castle
Benderloch
Oban PA37 1SA
Tel: +44 (0)1631 720598
Email: enquiries@barcaldinecastle.co.uk

Barcaldine Castle

16th century castle with secret passages and a dungeon.
Historic home of the Campbells of Barcaldine.
Situated on the south shore of Loch Creran with
magnificent views up the loch to Glencoe.
9 miles north of Oban off the main road to Fort William.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Guest House Gold.

Laird's parlour sitting room with open fire.
Breakfast is served in the vaulted dining room.
Large private garden with wonderful views.
Licensed for civil weddings.

Choice of 5 bedrooms with loch or countryside views:
1 superior four-poster double en-suite bathroom,
2 superior double bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom,
1 standard double bedroom with en-suite shower room,
1 standard twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.
All with bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, toiletries,
flat screen HDTV with Blu-ray/DVD player,
mini hospitality hamper, mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.
Free WiFi.

A light supper menu is available in winter
(24 hours notice required).

B&B prices from £70 per person per night.
Discounts for stays of 2 nights or more.
Child rates.
No smoking. No pets.

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Bealach Guest House
Jimmy and Hilary McFadyen
Bealach Country House
Salachan Glen
Duror of Appin
Argyll PA38 4BW
Telephone: +44 (0)1631 740 298
Email: info@bealach-house.co.uk

Bealach Country House

Winner of Scottish Guesthouse of the Year 2009
in the Good Hotel Guide.
Luxury accommodation and excellent food.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Gold Stars. AA 5 Stars.
Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs.
Your hosts enjoy offering a friendly 'houseparty' style of guest house.
Extensive grounds. Panoramic views of Salachan Glen and Loch Linnhe.

Ideal for a 'get away from it all' break or as a touring base.
Oban 27 miles. Fort William 25 miles. Glencoe 8 miles.

Relax in the conservatory or lounge by the wood burning stove.
Homemade cakes and biscuits are served with tea on arrival.
Homemade food including breads, preserves, chutneys and even ice cream.
Vegetarians welcome.
Holder of Taste Our Best award.

3 ensuite bedrooms all individually designed:
2 kingsize double & 1 twin.
Each room has hairdryer, radio, tea/coffee (chilled fresh milk provided)
and wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Guest lounge with satellite TV. WiFi access.

B&B prices from £45 - £55 per person per night.
3-course dinner: £30.
2-course dinner: £25.
Credit cards accepted. Instant online booking.
No children under 14 years.
No pets. No smoking.
Closed November – February.

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Springside B&B
Alison and Donald Marshall
Springside
Pier Road
Tarbert
Argyll PA29 6UE
Tel: +44 (0)1880 820 413
Email: marshall.springside@virgin.net

Springside B&B

Traditional cottage overlooking Tarbert harbour
between Loch Fyne and the Mull of Kintyre.
Family home with friendly welcome.
Ideal for ferries to Islay and Arran.
Kilmartin 20 miles, Inveraray 40 miles.
1 hour south of Oban.

Sea views. No smoking. Pets welcome.
Family home with friendly welcome.
Vegetarians welcome.
Choice of 4 bedrooms:
1 ensuite triple (double + single bed)
1 ensuite twin, 1 ensuite single,
and 1 single with private bathroom.

B&B prices £35 per person (2 sharing).
Single £40
Room only rate £30 per person (2 sharing).
Room only rate £35 (single).
Open from March to November.

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SCOTLAND'S BEST B&Bs

Scotland's Best B&Bs is an organisation
with 96 members throughout Scotland.
All graded 4 or 5 Stars by the Scottish Tourist Board (Visit Scotland).
Members in Oban area and Argyll.

To see members of Scotland's Best B&Bs
please click here to visit their web site

Self Catering

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Esplanade Court Holiday Apartments
Corran Esplanade
Oban PA34 5PW

Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383

Esplanade Court Apartments

A choice of apartments with panoramic views
over Oban Bay and across the sea to the islands.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.

Each apartment includes:
3 bedrooms (1 double & 2 twin), 2 bathrooms,
open plan kitchen/dining room and lounge.
Lift to all floors. Shared laundry room.

Prices from £782 per week
includes bed linen and towels.
Short breaks available. Online booking.
Open April - October inclusive.
Pets welcome.
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Property address
The Captain's Folly
Argyll Mansions
44 George Street
Oban PA34 5SD

Contact Anne Gracie
c/o Duisdale House Hotel
Tel: +44 (0) 1471 833 202
Fax: +44 (0) 1471 833 404
Email: info@self-catering-oban.co.uk

The Captain's Folly

Luxurious self catering flat on the seafront at Oban.
Located in the prestigeous Argyll Mansions building
which retains many of the original Victorian features.
Close to shops, eating places, ferry, etc.

First floor apartment (sleeps 2). Small balcony.
The front rooms look across Oban Bay
to the islands of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore.
Tastefully decorated throughout.
1 double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath,
modern kitchen, dining room and spacious lounge.
Facilities include TV, DVD, radio, gas cooker, microwave,
fridge/freezer, washing machine.
Allocated car parking space.

Rental prices from £385 per week
includes bed linen & towels,
No smoking. No pets.
Instant online booking.

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Contact: Jenifer Moffat
Airdeny Chalets
Glen Lonan
Taynuilt
Argyll PA35 1HY
Tel: +44 (0)1866 822648
Email: jenifer@airdenychalets.co.uk

Airdeny Chalets

Choice of 7 timber chalets (with 2 or 3 bedrooms)
with views of Ben Cruachan and Glen Etive.
Set in 3.5 acres with bluebell woods and lots of wildlife.
Resident owner on site.
1 mile from Taynuilt village which has shops,
golf course, tennis courts, boat trips on Loch Etive.
12 miles east of Oban (ferry to the islands).
Green Tourism Business Gold Award.

Scottish Tourist Board 3 and 4 Stars.
All chalets have open living area and fully fitted kitchen,
TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, double glazing.
Web site includes 360 degree virtual tours.
Homemade ready meals can be delivered to your chalet.
Wildlife photography courses, sea kayaking,
boat trips & fly fishing can be arranged.

The 3-bedroom chalets have:
1 kingsize double bedroom with ensuite bathroom,
and either 2 twin rooms or 1 twin & 1 with bunkbeds
plus 1 separate bathroom.

The 2-bedroom chalets have 1 double bedroom, 1 twin
& 1 bathroom, plus sofa converting to 2 single beds.

Rental prices from £291 per week per chalet.
Dogs welcome (extra charge). No smoking.
Open all year.

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Loch Shuna Lodges
Eilean Buidhe
Craobh Haven
by Lochgilphead
Argyll PA31 8UA
Loch Shuna Lodges

A choice of 3 Scandinavian log lodges set on the Island of Buidhe.
22 miles south of Oban.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Ideal for wildlife watching, walking and water pursuits.
A causeway connects the island to the mainland village of Craobh Haven
(shops, pub, restaurant, watersports and marina).

A luxury 1-bedroom lodge with kingsize 4 poster
and child size single bed, plus sauna and
bathroom with double whirlpool bath.
Ideal for romantic breaks and honeymoons.

Choice of two luxury 2-bedroom lodges each with:
1 canopied double bed (& personal sauna) and 1 twin room
both with ensuite bath with overhead shower.
Outdoor hot tub. Patio and lawn.

Facilities in each lodge include:
TV, DVD, CD, microwave, dishwasher & washing machine.
Designer fabrics and leather suites.
Personally managed by the owners.

Prices from £389 per week
includes, bed linen and electricity.
Short breaks available. Online booking.
No smoking. Pets welcome (extra charge).
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Lagnakeil Highland Lodges
Lerags
Oban
Argyll PA34 4SE
Lagnakeil Highland Lodges

Choice of 3 and 4 star detached lodges
set in 7 acres of scenic wooded hillside
in peaceful Lerags Glen.
3 miles south of Oban.

Personally managed by the owners.
Laundry room on site.
Indoor playroom area with TV, video, games, toys.

Choice of 2 or 3 bedrooms (pine panelled).
Bathroom with bath/shower.
Fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher.
Spacious dining/living room with Sky FreeSat TV channels.
WiFi access.

2 bedrooms - prices from £335 per week.
3 bedrooms - prices from £405 per week.
No smoking.
Pets welcome (extra charge).
Click here for online booking

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Duachy Farm Cottages
Kilninver
by Oban

Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383

Duachy Farm Cottages

Choice of 2 stone cottages set in a courtyard
Close to Loch Seil.
1 mile from the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' to Seil Island.
Half a mile from a small private beach.
Free use of small boat for fishing on the loch.
Easdale 7 miles. Oban 10 miles.

3 star quality
Each cottage sleeps 2 and includes:
spacious open plan lounge/dining/kitchen,
1 double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath.
Garden with BBQ. Virtual tour online.

Prices from £232 per week
includes bed linen and towels.
Short breaks available. Online booking.
Pets welcome.
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Sheila Wallace
The Muir of Auchnabreac
Inveraray
Argyll
Tel: +44 (0)1360 770266
Email: stay@themuir.co.uk
The Muir of Auchnabreac

Traditionally built house located above Loch Fyne.
Set in 5 acres of unspoiled countryside.
20 minutes walk from the centre of Inveraray.
Golf course within walking distance.
Ideal for those who like privacy & great views.

3 bedrooms: 1 family room with a double bed & bunkbeds,
1 double room and 1 with bunks.
Sitting room with open fire and a bed settee.
Dining room (seats 8) with a wood burning stove.
Bathroom with shower, plus separate WC.
Kitchen & utility room includes:
washing machine, microwave, fridge, freezer etc.
Midge Eater Machine.
All rooms have views of the loch except the bunk room.

Prices from £250 - £500 per week
includes electricity and logs.
Bedding, linen and towels are provided
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Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383
Cottages in Oban & Argyll

Wide choice of self catering properties ranging from 1 to 8 bedrooms.

Locations throughout Argyll including
Oban, Inveraray, Loch Awe, Loch Fyne

Web site with virtual tours and instant online booking.
Short breaks and late deals often available.
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There are lots of guest houses and hotels in and around Oban, some are advertised on the Oban and Lorn Tourism Association web site.

Bed and Breakfast / Hotels:

  • Airds Hotel & Restaurant - excellent accommodation and food. AA4 Red Stars & 3 Red Rosettes. Scottish National Hotel Chef of The Year 2007. Situated in Port Appin. Approximately 20 miles north of Oban and 27 miles south of Fort William. Tel: 01631 730236.
  • Braeside Guest House overlooking Loch Feochan is 3 miles from Oban. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars. Evening meals available. Contact Jon Freeman. Tel: 01631 770243.
  • Briarbank Guest House in Oban offers ensuite accommodation including 4-poster bedrooms. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars. Contact Julie Grove. Tel: 01631 566549.
  • Collaig House is a luxury B&B at Kilchrenan near Loch Awe (20 minutes from Taynuilt, 35 minutes from Oban). Contact Jamie & Julie Beamish. Tel: 01866 833202.
  • Craig Villa Guest House offers 3 star accommodation in the Strath of Orchy at Dalmally by Loch Awe. 5 ensuite bedrooms & 1 with private bathroom. 30 minutes from Oban. Contact Rebecca and Oscar Cressey. Tel: 01838 200255.
  • Dunheanish Guest House is a large detached villa in Oban with 6 ensuite bedrooms. Instant online booking available. Tel: 01631 566556.
  • Glenlockhart Bed & Breakfast has 3 bedrooms and is situated 5 minutes walk from the main square in Oban. Contact Rob and Linda Allan. Tel: 01631 562571.
  • Glenorchy Lodge Hotel in Dalmally - a former hunting lodge - is a 3 star small hotel. Tel: 01838 200312.
  • Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island offers luxury 5 Star Gold accommodation on a private island. Accessible by private bridge, approximately 12 miles north of Oban and 40 miles south of Fort William.
  • Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant - spectacular views across the Sound of Jura to the islands. Situated adjacent to Arduaine Garden, 19 miles south of Oban. Award-winning food. B&B rates or Dinner, B&B packages.
  • Rosebank B&B is located in the historic village of Kilmartin. 3 bedrooms. Contact Isobel McLaughlin. Tel: 01546 510 370.
  • Sand Villa Guest House in Breadalbane Street, Oban, has 6 ensuite bedrooms. Contact Joyce Gibson. Tel: 01631 562803.
  • Taynuilt Hotel - a traditional coaching inn - with 3 star accommodation and restaurant in Taynuilt.
  • The Old Manse Guest House is a 4 star guest house in Dalriach Road, Oban, overlooking the bay. Choice of ensuite double/twin rooms, family suite or kingsize luxury rooms. Set in secluded grounds. 2 minutes walk from the town centre. Contact Anna and Simon - tel: 01631 564886.
  • Tigh Bhan at Duror (halfway between Oban & Fort William) offers B&B in 3 ensuite bedrooms. Evening meals by arrangement. Contact Andy & Hynal Collins. Tel: 01631 740 214.

Miscellaneous self catering listings:

  • 9 Kilbrandon Cottages is a 2 bedroom cottage in the fishing village of Balvicar on the Isle of Seil Aird Farm Holiday Cottages offer 4 star and 5 star self catering accommodation. The house sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms and the luxury cottage sleeps 2. Situated between Oban and Lochgilphead, 3 miles outside Ardfern.
  • Bolt Hole Cottage in Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Scottish Tourist Board 4 stars. Accommodation is all on the ground floor.
  • Burnside Cottage in the village of Furnace, 8 miles south of Inveraray, sleeps 5 people. Self catering available per night or per week.
  • Craigdhu on Barbreck Farm near Ardfern is a farmhouse with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 9. Lochgilphead 16 miles. Oban 23 miles.
  • Cnocaruan Self Catering at Connel is a 4 star property overlooking the famous Falls of Lora. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Contact Gabriella & George McKenzie. Tel: 01631 710378.
  • Creagard Country House is available to rent for self-catering holidays on the Isle of Luing. Four 19th century stone quarriers cottages have been combined into this house which sleeps 7 people.
  • Loch Awe Log Cabins offer a variety of self catering properties at Dalavich.
  • Rosebank is located in the historic village of Kilmartin. Choice of 2 self catering properties.
  • Seabank is a large 5-bedroom farmhouse (sleeping up to 10) on the shore of Loch Creran. Situated in Benderloch, near Barcaldine, 20 minutes north of Oban.
  • Spring Cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and is ideal for families, sitting on the shores of Loch Creran, 1 mile from Port Appin village, 16 miles north of Oban.
  • Tralee Bay Holidays offer self catering lodges and caravans to rent all year round just north of Oban.

Hostel Accommodation:

  • Oban Backpackers in Breadalbane Street has a choice of dorm accommodation from £12 per person. Online booking. Tel: 01631 562107
  • Jeremy Inglis' Hostel - 21 Airds Crescent, Oban. It is a sort of hostel-style place (linen and duvets provided) with about 7 rooms, just 200 yards from the station. Prices £8.50 / £16 per person. Tel: 01631 565 065 / fax: 01631 565 933.
  • SHYA Hostel on The Esplanade at Oban. 4 star SYHA hostel. 100 beds. Tel: 01631 562025.
  • Glencoe Independent Hostel - choice of accommodation in the hostel, bunkhouse, cottage, log cabins, caravans, camping, etc. Tel: 01855 811906. Grid reference NN. 116577.
  • SYHA Glencoe Hostel with 56 beds. Map Ref: O.S.41 (GR 118577) Tel: 01855 811 219.
  • Inveraray Hostel, Dalmally Road, Inveraray. Tel: 01499 302 454.

More hostel web sites....

Camping / Caravanning:

Eating out in Oban

There are lots of places to eat in Oban, including many of the hotels.
Coast is an awarding-winning contemporary restaurant in George Street, and Cafe Coast is just around the corner.
Cuan Mor is a great gastro pub overlooking the harbour at 60 George Street.
The Spinnaker Cafe is located upstairs at 28 George Street overlooking the harbour.
The Gallery Restaurant in Argyll Square is highly recommended. The Waterfront Restaurant (by the main ferry pier) is renowned for its seafood, as is Ee-usk on the North pier. For pasta and pizza, try Piazza (also on the North Pier in one of the red roofed buildings).
The Seafood Temple is a small family run restaurant on Gallanach Road, just past the ferry terminal. Tel: 01631 566000.
For takeaway fish and chips, try the original Oban Bay Fish & Chip Shop on George Street (next to the back entrance to the Caledonian Hotel, opposite Waterstones) or Norries which is further up George Street.

For vegetarian and health foods, try Millstone Wholefoods shop at 15 High Street. Also visit The Kitchen Garden at 14 George Street (tel 01631 566332) which has delicatessen and includes a coffee shop with views over the bay.

For pubs in Oban - click here
Oban Restaurant Reviews.

Books & Maps

For suggested hiking routes, get the book called Walk Oban, Mull and Lochaber. Written by Richard Hallewell it is a handy 64-page spiral bound book printed by Collins Cartographic.

If you are touring by car, a useful map indicating all the places to visit for sightseeing is the
Oban and Mull Tourist Map.

Easdale, Belnahua, Luing & Seil
The Islands that Roofed the World

This book contains a comprehensive history of the slate industry in the west of Scotland, complete with a detailed and vivid account of the communities on the Atlantic bound islands of Easdale, Seil, Luing and Belnahua. The author Mary Withall is the Easdale Island Folk Museum archivist.
Paperback. 128 pages. Second edition published in April 2001. Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
Argyll and the Western Isles
Part of the Exploring Scotland's Heritage series and is a very useful guide to these parts of the country. This 192-page paperback is about 15 US dollars.
To order your copy, click here
Oban, Mull and Kintyre
Another useful colour guide book especially for walking in this area. By Brian Conduit and John Brooks.
To order your copy, click here
Oban and the Land of Lorn
Collection of old photographs from the days when pleasure steamers filled Oban Bay and McCaig's Folly had yet to be built.
Section One features Inveraray to Port Appin - including Dalmally, Lochawe, Taynuilt, Bonawe, Ardchattan Priory, Lochnell Castle, Eriska, Barcaldine Castle, Castle Stalker and Lismore.
Section Two covers the town of Oban and its maritime and commercial activities. Also includes Dunollie Castle, Ganavan Sands, Dunstaffnage, Connel, etc.
Section Three is entitled 'Oban to Dunadd' and begins with pictures of Oban's South Pier and Lighthouse Pier, before continuing southwards to the Slate Islands of Kerrera, Seil, Easdale and Luing.
To order your copy, click here
Scottish Highlands and Islands
Latest edition of the popular Rough Guide series exclusively devoted to the Highlands & Islands. One of the top best-selling guide books on Scotland.
Order your copy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

There are numerous Books about Mull and Iona

Tourist Information Centres

Argyll Square, Oban PA34 4AN
Telephone: 01631 563122
Open all year
Front Street, Inveraray
Telephone: 01499 302063
Open all year

Request a free brochure from the official tourist board

Explore Oban & Mull downloadable PDF leaflet

Useful Links:

The Oban and Lorn Tourism Association (official guide)
Oban.ws (Oban, Lorn & North Argyll web directory)
Oban Times (local newspaper) - includes downloadable town map of Oban
Oban & Argyll - info by local resident
Oban walks
Argyll Web Directory
Guide to Benderloch
Oban Hotels

More places to visit: Fort William (North of Oban) and Argyll (South of Oban)
Nearby Islands: Lismore - Mull - Iona