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Weekend Breaks to Oban

Planning a short break to Oban? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Oban. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Oban. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

McCaig's Tower

Incredible as it may seem, Obans most famous landmark is an edifice resembling the Coliseum in Rome. It was built by a local businessman in the 19th century who intended it to alleviate the unemployment situation and use the tower as a museum and art gallery. However that didn’t materialise and the tower just provides wonderful sea views, especially at sunset.

The Harbour

If you have the time wander down to the harbour in the centre of town, and relax watching the boats coming in and out of the harbour and the people wandering round. Also check out the seals that live in the bay and watch them scavenging for food.

Oban Distillery

off George Street. If you take an interest in whiskey, the making of it that is, take up one of the first-rate guided tours around the Oban Distillery; which is located in the centre of town. You will be pleased to know that at the end of the tour you are given a liberal dram of Oban's lightly peaty malt and you buy a bottle you get the cost of the admission refunded.

If you want to find out more they can be contacted on: www.scotch.com

SYHA Oban Rassay Lodge

Corran Esplanade. This backpackers hostel is well worth a mention, not only because of the comfortable accommodation but also because of the fabulous views over the waterfront. The hostel is huge and if you are prepared to pay a bit extra the rooms in the annex all come with bath.

Dunollie Castle

This is Oban’s oldest building and it is set on top of a cliff. The castle was built in the 7th century and the ivy covered remains are all that is left. Dunollie is the seat of the MacDougall family who at one time owned a third of Scotland.


This lovely, almost deserted island is a short ferry across the bay ride from Ganlochhead (2 miles south of Oban). It provides a home for seals and puffins and is a beautiful place to take a walk and explore the natural habitats and the local fauna. If you want to stay for more than a day there is accommodation at the Kerrera Bunkhouse on the south tip of the island.

Loch Etive

to the north of Oban you will find the mouth of the Loch. This is where the Falls of Lora change direction with the shifting of the tides. The scenery around here is magnificent and it is well worth taking a cruise up the loch into spectacular and otherwise in accessible scenery.

Oban Inn

located opposite the North Pier. This is a decent pub that has a classic dark-wood-flagstone-and-brass bar downstairs and a comfortable lounge bar, complete with attractive stained glass upstairs. It is a favourite with the locals and tourist and alike and provides a welcome base to end the day.

The Argyllshire Gathering

This annual gathering takes place annually on the last Thursday in August. Events include piping competitions and traditional Highland Games. So if tossing the caber is your thing this is the place to be. It is certainly an entertaining day out for tourists and locals alike.

McTavish’s Kitchen

34 George Street this is a good place to come if you want to see tourist-orientated displays of traditional Scottish song and dance in the summer months, May – September.

It has a cafeteria downstairs which serves good, cheap food.

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