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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 the Towns on the West Coast of Scotland

A Guide to the Towns on the West Coast of Scotland

Scotland, as a travel destination, offers so much beauty and charm to its visitors. The west coast, in particular, is one of the country’s most popular destinations. This area of Scotland offers adventure, quaint towns and stunning sea views. Visitors will also find beaches, historic sites, museums, renowned golf courses and wildlife. If the west […]

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 where exactly is Oban? There are plenty of secrets for its visitors to uncover. Here are 12 amazing facts about Oban. 1 – The […]

A Guide to Fishing in Loch Etive

A Guide to Fishing in Loch Etive

Fishing on the west coast of Scotland doesn’t get any better than Loch Etive. It’s truly a paradise for outdoors lovers, as it has stunning scenery and plenty of fish. The loch can be found just north of Oban, running from Connel Bridge in the west to Glen Etive in the northeast. Stretching for 20 […]

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 […]

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 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 Do In Oban

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 […]

Football Billionaire Chooses Oban for Holidays

Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich and his wife spend a mini family break in Oban 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 […]

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Oban

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Oban

Cold and bitter, Oban is no place for sun-seekers – truth be told – but what it does offer is something that you can’t find in the sun-baked landscapes of the Med or on a Greek island. Argyll & The Isles has long been a quietly exquisite tourist destination; but let this guide shine the […]

Highland rescue

We seem to be in a phase where the Oban Mountain Rescue team is on tv regularly. Next one coming up : Highland Emergency on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm on Channel 5 will feature Oban MRT doing a daring rescue on Cruachan! Www.chanel5.com/shows/highland-emergency/episodesAnd it’s episode 7. And soon there will be the Landmark show, another […]

Carsaig arches on Mull and Iona

The adventure show on Tuesday 18th oct on BBC Scotland at 19.00. This one features the Craggy island triathlon that was in aid of Oban Mountain rescue. We had a few days on Mull last week staying at Torr Na Locha, and walked along the coast to Carsaig arches. The guidebook time is 6 hours, […]

Taynuilt playpark

I’m delighted to announce the new ‘excellent’ playpark, by the sports pavilion. A huge hit with the sunny, dry weather we’ve had for several weeks. There’s also been some smaller Heath fires around here, not just in Torridon. Unfortunately we lost the first of our chickens today. A heap of feathers on the back lawn, […]