5 Great Day Trips from Oban

5 Great Day Trips from Oban

Our beautiful home of Oban, although small in size, has something for everyone. From the best fish and chips in Scotland and top local brews in the pubs to the rich local history, quaint shopping streets and short nature trails to suit all ages, the whole family will find something to do here. You don’t […]


An Exhaustive List of the Best Beaches on the West Coast of Scotland

Scotland has a wealth of features to offer visitors: rugged landscape, lochs, history, culture, and whisky of course! Yet the true jewels of this ancient land are its beaches. You don’t need to travel to the Caribbean to enjoy pure air, crystal clear waters and long stretches of powder-white beaches. Some of the most unspoilt […]

McCaig’s Tower

McCaig’s Tower: Everything You Need to Know

Why, you might ask, does the fishing port of Oban boast a structure that resembles the Colosseum of Rome, standing conspicuously on a hill looking over the town? The structure, a prominent landmark for visitors arriving by train or ferry, is called McCaig’s Tower, and it dominates the locality. Perched on the summit of Battery […]

When Is the Best Time to Visit Oban?

Billy Connolly once famously said, ‘In Scotland, there is no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes.’ Scottish weather is changeable; it’s possible to experience all four seasons in a day. But don’t let this put you off. Whatever the weather, Oban offers something for every season. Plus each season offers something […]

A Guide to the Best Pubs & Bars in Oban

No visit to Oban would be complete without popping in to one (or maybe two) of the local pubs. Here’s a guide to 6 of the best. Fine food, stunning views and delectable local brews are all waiting to be enjoyed, along with a warm, Scottish welcome. And of course, there’s the whisky… Cuan Mor […]

A Guide to Visiting Oban Distillery

Oban is home to one of Scotland’s oldest single malt scotch whiskies. Conveniently located in the heart of the town, the Oban Distillery is well worth a visit. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or just curious, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome. A guided tour of this fascinating place will give you a glimpse […]

48 Hours in Oban: What to See and Do

We’ve been at Bonawe House for over 15 years and we’ve lived here with the charming bay and waterfront town of Oban just 20 minutes away (lucky us). If you’re coming to stay at Bonawe House Cottages (or anywhere else in the Oban area) and need a guide on what to do, what to see […]

The Ultimate List of Things to Do on the West Coast of Scotland

The West Coast of Scotland is a treasure trove of delights for visitors, with its sweeping landscapes, big skies, dramatic seascapes, romantic castles, spectacular wildlife, superb food and drink, and friendly locals. Here’s our ultimate list of things to do when visiting Scotland’s West Coast. Calgary Bay, Mull: Quite possibly the best beach in Scotland, […]

12 Amazing Facts About Oban

  Oban is best known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, thanks to its role as a hub for tourists departing to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. But Oban has plenty of secrets of its own for visitors to uncover. Here are 12 amazing facts about Oban. 1 – The Scottish Gaelic […]

Football Billionaire Chooses Oban for Holidays

Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich and his wife spend a mini family break in Oman on their £1.5 billion 557ft private yacht before mooring off to the South of France. Here at Bonawe House, we’ve always told people that Oban, Gateway to the Isles, is a forgotten gem in the UK. An overlooked destination which we […]