Oban is undoubtedly the most popular resort and touring centre in the Western Highlands. It is a largely Victorian town and its most striking feature, McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished replica of Rome’s Colosseum, dates from that period, as do most of the hotels and public buildings. But Dunollie Castle, a 13th century keep and courtyard fortress which sits at the northern end of the bay, is a reminder that Oban was of strategic importance for much longer than the last century.
Oban is a lively place with the constant comings and goings in the harbour providing a never-ending source of interest. The panoramic views from the harbour have captured the imagination of poets, artists and composers for centuries. There are excellent facilities for watersports of all kinds and plenty of shops. Entertainment is provided at the Corran Halls and Highland Theatre.
We use the Regent Hotel, which overlooks the promenade and Oban Bay with views towards the hills of Mull.
The best shopping opportunities can be found in the pedestrianised areas around George Street and Argyle Street, which has small lanes leading off where many smaller, specialist shops can be found. There is also a good range of restaurants, pubs and cafés around the centre.
Oban’s own beach, Ganavan Sands, is a picturesque sandy stretch with panoramic views across the bay to Mull and Lismore and is located less than two miles from the town centre.