"Oban - Gateway to the Highland Islands" Oban by AlbuqRay

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Oban Bay

We spent two nights in Oban on our Rabbies' tour of the Highland islands. It is a good base to see many things by driving or by taking the ferry to the Isle of Mull. I really enjoyed Oban. It had good restaurants and everything was within walking distance. Oban would be a good place to just relax for a few days, except during the height of the tourist season when the normal population of 8500 people may swell to 25,000.

One of the best pictures that I took on the whole trip was the first evening in Oban from a window in the lounge of the Wellpark House. You could see reflections of the city lights on the water and there was a full moon.

Oban Esplanade

Oban Bay is a small horseshoe-shaped bay in a beautiful location, protected by the islands of Kerrera and Mull, and guarded by Dunollie Castle at the entrance. There is an esplanade along the waterfront from the castle on the far north side of town, past the North Pier and Waterfront Shopping Center, all the way to the ferry/railroad pier.

Downtown Oban

McCaig’s Tower and the Oban Distillery are two of the main attractions in Oban. They are located in the downtown area just off the waterfront.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful waterfront town
  • Cons:Can get busy during the tourist season
  • In a nutshell:Gateway to the islands of Mull and Iona
  • Last visit to Oban: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2011
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