Things To Do In Oban

The largest town in Argyll & The Isles, Oban is a delightful port with panoramic views over the surrounding mountains, lochs and islands. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban is a hub for tourists departing to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

But Oban isn’t merely a place to stopover as you head to the islands; it’s well worth a visit in its own right. There’s plenty of explore, a wealth of local shops, excellent accommodation options, and some splendid sunsets to enjoy. And of course, you wouldn’t want to miss out on enjoying another of its assets, as alluded to in its other moniker: the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’. Yes, with some award-winning restaurants and some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste, Oban is a delight for foodies.

Places to Visit Around Oban

Regardless of how you’re travelling, the journey to Oban is a delight. Reachable in 2 or 3 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh, the scenery you’ll encounter is a memorable part of your journey. So much so that if you’re driving, your journey may be frequently interrupted by an overwhelming urge to stop along the way to drink in the view.

By Road

Oban is:

      • 95 miles (c. 2 hours) from Glasgow
      • 125 miles (c. 3 hours) from Edinburgh
      • 50 miles (c. 1 hour) from Fort William
      • 115 miles (c. 3 hours) from Inverness

If you’re driving, the AA or RAC websites offer useful route planners.

If you’re travelling by coach, you have a couple of options:

      • Citylink offer links between major destinations in Scotland

By Rail

Rail travellers en route to Oban get to experience the world famous West Highland line along the wild and wonderful west coast. For times, prices and to purchase tickets visit the ScotRail website or the Trainline website. It’s worth noting that advance purchase tickets often come at a discount.

By Air

If you’re flying to Scotland, most major airlines, including a number of low-cost carriers, fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh where you can pick up a hire car, or catch a train or coach to Oban.

Oban also has its own airport, which is only suitable for small aircraft. This can be reached by private charter flights, and is also the departure point for flights to Islay, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay with Hebridean Air Services.

Alternatively, Loch Lomond Seaplanes offer a service between Glasgow and Oban on a 9-seater seaplane.

By Sea

Oban is a busy port with regular ferries to and from the islands of Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Lismore, Barra and South Uist, from where you can use a network of ferries to reach other islands. The Caledonian McBrayne website is an excellent source of information and can also be used to purchase advance tickets.

Oban is also a frequent stop for various cruise liners.


If you fancy arriving on your own steam, Oban is part of Route 78 on the National Cycle Network, which stretches from Fort William to Cambeltown. For further information, see the Sustrans website.