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Explore Oban

Named the unofficial capital of the West Highlands, Oban is a bustling town filled with Scottish culture and beautiful scenery. Begin your adventure today and discover one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Breathe in the refreshing Scottish air, taste local produce, and explore the awe-inspiring views across Oban Harbour.

The port of Oban Scotland early evening

McCaig’s Tower

McCaig’s Tower is a prominent tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland. It is built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive, fraom Muckairn, with a circumference of about 200 metres with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches.

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McCaig’s Tower is a prominent tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland. It is built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive, fraom Muckairn, with a circumference of about 200 metres with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches.
McCaig’s Tower is a prominent tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland. It is built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive, fraom Muckairn, with a circumference of about 200 metres with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches.
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Oban Distillery

Oban distillery is situated right in the heart of Oban town centre. When travelling from the north follow the A85 in to Oban town centre. The Distillery is situated on Stafford Street opposite the North Pier. Those coming from the South will enter Oban town on the A816 from Lochgilphead and again it is necessary to follow town centre signage. Street parking and off site car parking are available in close proximity of the distillery- local charges apply.Oban distillery is situated right in the heart of Oban town centre. When travelling from the north follow the A85 in to Oban town centre. The Distillery is situated on Stafford Street opposite the North Pier. Those coming from the South will enter Oban town on the A816 from Lochgilphead and again it is necessary to follow town centre signage. Street parking and off site car parking are available in close proximity of the distillery- local charges apply.

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Oban distillery is situated right in the heart of Oban town centre. When travelling from the north follow the A85 in to Oban town centre. The Distillery is situated on Stafford Street opposite the North Pier. Those coming from the South will enter Oban town on the A816 from Lochgilphead and again it is necessary to follow town centre signage. Street parking and off site car parking are available in close proximity of the distillery- local charges apply.Oban distillery is situated right in the heart of Oban town centre. When travelling from the north follow the A85 in to Oban town centre. The Distillery is situated on Stafford Street opposite the North Pier. Those coming from the South will enter Oban town on the A816 from Lochgilphead and again it is necessary to follow town centre signage. Street parking and off site car parking are available in close proximity of the distillery- local charges apply.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle is a partially ruined castle in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. It lies 3 miles N.N.E. of Oban, situated on a platform of conglomerate rock on a promontory at the south-west of the entrance to Loch Etive, and is surrounded on three sides by the sea.

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The MacDougalls
The castle itself was built in the second quarter of the 13th century, as the seat of Duncan MacDougall, Lord of Lorn and grandson of Somerled.[6] He had also travelled to Rome in 1237, and was the founder of nearby Ardchattan Priory.[7] Duncan’s son Ewen MacDougall inherited his father’s title in the 1240s, and expanded the MacDougall influence, styling himself “King of the Isles”. It is probable that Ewen built the three round towers onto the castle, and constructed and enlarged the hall inside.[8]

Following Alexander III’s repulse of the Norse influence in Argyll, the MacDougalls backed the Scottish monarchy, and Ewen’s son Alexander was made the first sheriff of Argyll in 1293. However, they supported the Balliol side during the Wars of Scottish Independence which broke out a few years later. Robert Bruce defeated the Clan MacDougall at the Battle of the Pass of Brander in 1308 or 1309, and after a brief siege, took control of Dunstaffnage Castle.

Royal fortress
Now a Crown property, Dunstaffnage was controlled by a series of keepers. James I seized the castle in 1431, following the Battle of Inverlochy, as his enemies were hiding inside. In 1455 James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas stayed at Dunstaffnage, on his way to treat with John MacDonald, Lord of the Isles.[9] This followed James II’s attack on Douglas power, and led to the signing of the Treaty of Westminster-Ardtornish. A later keeper, John Stewart of Lorn, was a rival of Alan MacDougall, and was stabbed by his supporters on his way to his marriage at Dunstaffnage Chapel in 1463, although he survived long enough to make his vows. Although MacDougall took the castle, he was ousted by James III, who granted Dunstaffnage to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll in 1470.[10]

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Oban Gin Festival 2020

The Oban Gin Festival celebrates all things gin, with tasting sessions, pairings and information stalls. Come and meet the expert mixologists, craft gin distillers and sample their products on Saturday 28th March.

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Oban Chocolate Company

Step in to Oban Chocolate and view their range of innovative handmade chocolates. From the fiery Chilli Chuffle to the sublime Pear william, the smooth and fruity Strawberry Cream to Marmite chocolates! – all completely handmade in Oban, Scotland.

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Castle Stalker

Castle Stalker is a 14th-century four-storey tower house on a small tidal islet on Loch Laich in Argyll. At the beginning of the 20th century, the tower house was completely restored to its original state by Stewart Allward and is now considered one of the best preserved residential tower houses in Scotland.

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Castle Stalker is a 14th-century four-storey tower house on a small tidal islet on Loch Laich in Argyll. At the beginning of the 20th century, the tower house was completely restored to its original state by Stewart Allward and is now considered one of the best preserved residential tower houses in Scotland.

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Oban Walking Tours

Oban Walking Tours are a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty, history and heritage of the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’. The standard Guided Oban Walking Tour takes approximately 90 minutes and covers around 1 ½ miles. This walk is level and mostly on paved paths.

 

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Oban Walking Tours are a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty, history and heritage of Oban. The standard Guided Oban Walking Tour takes approximately 90 minutes and covers around 1 ½ miles.

“Learn about the entrepreneurial businessmen who developed the town from its humble stone age cave dwelling origins. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, Boswell and Johnson, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and other prominent Victorians. Promenade along the Esplanade and enjoy tales of Celtic monks, ancient Celtic giants and Irish myths and legends. Take the steep but rewarding walk up to McCaig’s Tower to enjoy the stunning views out over Oban Bay or accompany our guides on the ferry to the Isle of Kerrera and hike to the ruins of Gylen Castle. The choice is yours and we’ll always work to your level of fitness, wants and needs – and of course make allowances for the weather!” – Oban Walking Tour.

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Oban Bike Rental

Explore the Highlands and Islands by bike. Oban Bikes have a large fleet of high quality mountain bikes, hybrid touring bikes and E-bikes, available to hire from 1 day to 1 month. 

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Explore the Highlands and Islands by bike. Oban Bikes have a large fleet of high quality mountain bikes, hybrid touring bikes and E-bikes, available to hire from 1 day to 1 month.

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A Day Trip To Kerrera

Kerrera is Oban’s closest island neighbour and can be seen from most parts of the town. The ferry from Oban to Kerrera takes just a few minutes. Just 7 km long and around 2 km wide, the island is a walkers’ and cyclists’ paradise, with quiet roads and stunning scenery. Don’t miss the the ruined Gylen Castle, a small tower house built in 1582.

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The island of Kerrera has been described as a jewel in the Firth of Lorne. Kerrera is Oban’s closest island neighbour and can be seen from most parts of the town. The ferry from Oban to Kerrera takes just a few minutes. Just 7 km long and around 2 km wide, the island is a walkers’ and cyclists’ paradise, with quiet roads and stunning scenery. Don’t miss the the ruined Gylen Castle, a small tower house built in 1582.

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A Day Trip To Lismore

The island of Lismore (in Gaelic Lios Mór means ‘Big Garden’) is all lush grassland sprinkled with wildflowers, with grey blades of limestone breaking through the soil. Lisomre is only ten miles long, so easily explored by bike or on foot. In addition to the walking and cycling opportunities found on Lismore, the island is a great place to spot wildlife such as seals, peregrines and razorbill.

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The island of Lismore (in Gaelic Lios Mór means ‘Big Garden’) is all lush grassland sprinkled with wildflowers, with grey blades of limestone breaking through the soil. Lismore is only ten miles long, so easily explored by bike or on foot. In addition to the walking and cycling opportunities found on Lismore, the island is a great place to spot wildlife such as seals, peregrines and razorbill.

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Sea Kayaking in Oban

The islands, sea lochs and sounds around Oban are perfect sea kayaking territory – even for complete beginners. Sea Kayak Oban offers courses, day trips, multi-day expeditions and outfitting for experiences kayakers.

Day trips and multi-day expeditions cost around £90 per day which includes rental of all gear and guidance of an experienced kayaker. Half-day trips are £50. Many of their trips launch from Oban’s harbour, just a few steps from their kayak shop. However, some trips start in more remote locations or may include ferry rides.

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The islands, sea lochs and sounds around Oban are perfect sea kayaking territory – even for complete beginners. Sea Kayak Oban offers courses, day trips, multi-day expeditions and outfitting for experiences kayakers.

Day trips and multi-day expeditions cost around £90 per day which includes rental of all gear and guidance of an experienced kayaker. Half-day trips are £50. Many of their trips launch from Oban’s harbour, just a few steps from their kayak shop. However, some trips start in more remote locations or may include ferry rides.

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