Oban is a town in Argyll and Bute. It is known as the Seafood & Sea Kayaking Capital of Scotland and probably the whole of Europe. It is also the shopping and drinking capital of the west coast of Scotland, and home to the excellent whisky of that name. Ferries run from here to Mull, Colonsay, Kerrera, Lismore, Islay, Coll, Tiree and the Outer Hebrides. Hence the tag Gateway to the Isles.
Alan Warner's . (best known for Morvern Callar - a novel made into a film - and The Man Who Walked) novels tell the story of everyday Oban life, and how better to describe Oban than in the words of the bard himself.
Caledonian MacBrayne operate car and foot passenger ferries to Oban from Mull (daily 2-7 times per day, takes 45 minutes), Lismore (Mon - Sat 3-4 per day, 50 minutes), Coll and/or Tiree (up to 5 per week, 3-4 hours), Colonsay (up to 5 per week, 2.5 hours), Barra (daily, 5+ hours) and Lochboisdale on South Uist (4 per week, 5+ hours).
Dunstaffnage Marina, . Marina, boatyard and pub a few miles north of the town.
Scottish Citylink, . Coaches from Glasgow, via Tyndrum or Inveraray. Several coaches run per day- trip takes about 3 hours, longer during peak season. Buses often run in West Coast Motors livery. Citylink coaches also run from Fort William with connections from Inverness - see the website for more details.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes run a daily summer service from Glasgow, landing in Oban bay  £149 return. Or fly to Glasgow Airport (GLA) and then take a taxi to Dumbarton Station (£10) & take the train from there to Oban.
McCaig’s Tower, . John Stuart McCaig - "... an eccentric testator....". This tower looks over the Oban bay. It takes about 15 minutes to walk up the hill by one of several signposted routes on roads, or by steps. There are good views of Kerrera and Mull and looking up the Sound of Mull. On Tuesdays and thursdays each week during the summer the Oban Pipe Band play at the tower for about an hour from 8pm until 9pm. Admission is by donation. There are a few benches but if you want one of these get there early. If you are highly sensitive to insect bights then bring some miggie repelant to fend of Scotland's national pest.
Dunollie Castle, . Also known as Dunoille Castle. Ancient seat of the MacDougalls of Lorn. A small castle situated at the far end of the bay from the station - just walk in and up the hill.
Dunstaffnage Castle, . A castle about three miles North of Oban (buses leave from outside the station). Open daily in summer 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily except Thusday and Friday in winter.
War & Peace Museum - Museum detailing Oban's role in world wars. On Corran Esplanade, just North of the North Pier, next the Regent Hotel. Open daily 10.00 - 16.00 Mar - Nov. Free admission, donations accepted.
Scottish Sealife Sanctuary- See Fingal and Sula the Canadian river otters, common and grey seals and many other sea creatures. Around six miles north of Oban.
Murder Mystery Walking Trail (by Treasure Trails), . A great way to explore Oban whilst having fun solving clues. Buy booklet online or from local Tourist Information centre.edit
Sea Kayaking Tours, 8 Argyll Street, Oban (5 mins from the station behind McT's), ☎ 44 1631 565 310, . This is a well known kayak school & outfitter with daily tours and also multi day trips in this stunning sea kayaking area. You can paddle right out of the harbour or they will rent you a trolley and you can take your kayak on the ferries for free £75/day. edit
Oban Bay Hotel -  Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AE, 01631 562051. Rooms from £47 ppn
Queens Hotel Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AG, 01631 562505.
Columba Hotel, The Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5QD, 01631 562183. Rooms generally £50-80 per room. As it is on the North Pier, rooms on three sides have sea views, some rooms at the back can be noisy from the pubs below.
Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges Cologin, Lerags Glen, PA34 4SE  01631 564501 - self catering accommodation just under 3 miles from Oban - chalets from £300 per week.