The town of Oban Argyll is a sizeable town with many facilities. It is also a beautiful west coast port serving many of the inner Hebridean islands. Such islands include Lismore, Mull, Coll, Tiree, Iona, and Colonsay, as well as Barra on the Outer Hebrides. Many tourists make Oban a base for a week or two while touring the area. This beautiful town is west facing and has a sheltered harbour. This exists through the fortuitous position of the Island of Kerrera, which acts as a weather guard for Oban Bay. During the second world war, seaplanes were based here as there was shelter and good supply routes.
The good citizens of the town have been the subject of fierce religious competition over the years. The town has a number of churches as well as two cathedrals. This town is also the major gateway to many of the islands with Caledonian MacBrayne Car ferries coming and going throughout every day to various islands. Oban has good facilities, including many restaurants, hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast establishments. It also has many shops, cafes, garages, supermarkets and a cinema. It is the largest town in the area but still manages to give a feeling of being quaint. There is also an excellent Malt Whisky Visitor centre at Oban Distillery which should not be missed.
There are excellent facilities for boats and divers within the town. Also a few miles away at Dunstaffnage as well as at Oban Marina on Kerrera. There are also launch slipways which can be used freely. The local sailing club is very small in comparison to similar clubs from smaller towns, but long term mooring can usually be arranged locally for visiting yachts.
The Town is often described as the gateway to the isles which would appear to be the case when considering the ferry services from Oban bay to:, Kerrera, Mull, Barra, Coll, Tiree, Lismore and Colonsay. There are 2 ferries to Kerrera, one from the North Pier to Oban Marina and the other which serves the mid and south of the island from a slipway about two miles south of the town.
Annual Kayak Race
At the beginning of September each year there is a Kayak Race. A gruelling course from the North Pier, around the island of Kerrera and back to the North Pier. Amazingly the top entrants do this in under 2 hours. Go to the Oban Kayak Race page to see photos and get inofrmation.