Guide to Oban
Guide to Oban
Oban, known as ‘the gateway to the isles’, is situated on the west coast of Scotland, with spectacular views over to Kerrera an Mull. This waterside town is a peaceful place to visit, and thanks to its location on the west coast, has plenty to see and do.
The town itself isn’t particularly large, but with a number of restaurants and pubs, and its connections to the western isles, it’s a popular tourist destination.
Where to stay
If you’re planning on hiring a campervan to explore the islands, there are a number of places in and around Oban that act as a great basecamp.
The Oban Caravan Club site is situated 13 miles outside of the town, in a walled vegetable garden. It’s right next to Sutherland’s Grove and on the doorstep of may forest walking trails. As with all Camping & Caravan Club campsites, there is a fee for the pitch (£7.20) and per person (£6.05-£9.55 depending on the time of year).
Slightly closer to the town is the Oban Camping & Caravan Park on Gallanchmore Farm. There is loads of space for campervanners, so there’s no need to pre-book – ideal if you’ve popped up to Oban on a whim. It’s £16 per night for an economy pitch, but £19 if you need an electric hook-up.
Another good basecamp is Roseview Caravan Park, just three miles from the town centre. It’s £5 per pitch per night, plus £5-7 per adult, with kids for free.
Gateway to the isles
Although Oban is a lovely place in it’s own right, the main reason for campers to visit is to explore the islands.
From the south pier you can travel to Mull, Coll, tiree, Bara, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay. If that’s not enough to satisfy your appetite for islands, you can travel further to Iona, Staffa and a number of other isles from there. Not too far from the south pier you’ll find the embarkation point for the ferry to Kerrera. Due to the proximity of Oban to many of the isles, it’s possible to enjoy a number of day trips, using Oban as the basecamp, rather than simply passing through.
Caledonian MacBrayne is the Scotland’s largest ferry operator and manages all of the services from Oban to the isles. You can find more information about ferry crossings on the CalMac website.
Things to do
If you decide to see more of Oban, rather than simply dashing off to the isles, you might be pleasantly surprised.
The 1745 House at Dunollie, a museum, culture centre and heritage site, is found at the Seat of Clan MacDougall. It’s only open during the peak season (March-November), but you might be lucky to find an exhibition open during the winter. Admission is just £4.50 for adults and free for under 16’s, so it’s worth stopping by.
If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a bit of excitement on your relaxing Scottish holiday, check out Oban Adventure Activities. You’ll be able to take part in a whole host of activities, including sea kayaking, climbing, scrambling and much more.
Slightly further away from the main town on the shores of Loch Creran, is the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary – one of Scotland’s top attractions. You’ll be able to explore natural habitats, watch feeding demonstrations and go on nature trails. Admission is £13.20 for adults or £10.80 for children.