Things to Do and See in Oban

Take the road less travelled

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Prepare for Oban to sweep you off your feet as you explore its beautiful scenery, wildlife, and local culture. With an abundance of sights to see and activities to partake in, we highly recommend taking the time to soothe your soul and discover the road less travelled. Wander Skye by yourself, or take a look at our list of favourite things to do.

The Oban Distillery

Built beneath the cliff overlooking Oban, the distillery is unusually located in the heart of the town. As one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky, the Oban Distillery tours are a must see. Experience a taste of history, learn about the whisky making process, and sample the good for yourself.

Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries

Caledonian MacBrayne, also known as Calmac Ferries, sail to 24 island destinations across the West Coast of Scotland. Our network spans some of the most spectacular coastlines and landscapes in Scotland from Arran in the Firth of Clyde to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

McCaig's Tower

Built in 1897, McCaig's Tower was originally constructed both to provide work for local stonemasons and to create a monument to the McCaig family. Standing proudly at the top of a short climb from Oban, McCaig's Tower offers peaceful gardens to explore, and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Islands. It is also rather striking to behold from below in Oban town.

Walking the Highlands

Unspoilt landscapes surround Oban and the untouched countryside provides the perfect backdrop for peaceful walks. There are endless walking trails surrounding Oban, from 6 hour expeditions to 1 km strolls, so whether you want just a taster of the hills, or would prefer to spend the entire day exploring, the West Highlands provides something for everyone.

Kilmartin House Museum

350 ancient monuments (150 of which are prehistoric) all within 6 miles of the village centre, Kilmartin Glen is the perfect place to visit for anyone interested in ancient history. The glen features Dunadd on the River Ad, one of the most important monuments in Scotland, that is believed to have been built and inhabited from as early as AD 500. You will also spot burial cairns and stone circles at Kilmartin.

Flying to the Islands

These 9 seater aircrafts give guests a chance to fly to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay in under 30 minutes whilst taking in the breath-taking views. The airport is less than 10 minutes away from the hotel and flies throughout the year, weather permitting of course. Whether you are looking to book a flight or charter the entire plane, this is an idyllic way to experience Oban and the islands. 

Ocean Explorer Centre

Turn into an oceanographer at the Ocean Explorer Centre at Dunstaffnage: operate underwater cameras, learn to use a microscope and apply technology to explore the seabed and ocean currents. This family-friendly marine science visitor centre includes a cinema, a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating on the shores of the Firth of Lorn and a small shop stocking books and exciting and unusual gifts. Check our programme for special events.

Boat tours with Coastal Connections

Visit the islands and lochs with ease on the Coastal Connection Boats. Their services range from commercial exercises to scenic tours of the Western Isles as well as private charters.

Rest your head and recharge

Oban is a beautiful place to explore, so recharge and get a good night's sleep ready for your next day of adventure.