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.
nestles in an amphitheatre with the monument of McCaig's tower
the crowning glory.
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
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
which should not be missed.
excellent facilities for boats and divers within the town. Also a few miles away at Dunstaffnage as well as at Oban Marina
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
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.
Capital Recommended Seafood Restaurant
Although the Waypoint Bar and
Grill are on the Island of Kerrera the complimentary ferry to Oban
Marina where the grill is leaves from the North Pier at ten post the
hour from early to late. Book if you can to save disappointment as
it is very popular not least because of the views and the wonderful
well priced seafood. Open May 1st to September 30th.
Oban Marina The marina is based at Ardentrive bay on
the town and bay. Although there is temporary or occasional mooring
along the seafront in the main town the Marina offers a better
alternative for most. They offer pontoon berthing as well as
swinging moorings and the facilities now include the Waypoint
Bar and Grill. There is also modern shower facilities a laundry room and
complimentary shuttle service to the town from early morning
until late evening. The marina have ambitious expansion plans to
continue to add quality berthing and services. The bar and grill
have spectacular unspoilt views across the bay to the
picturesque town is fast becoming one of the places to eat in
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.