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'''Oban''' is a town in the [[Scottish HighlandsArgyll and Bute]]. It is known as the Seafood & Sea Kayaking Capital of Scotland and probably the whole of Europe and gateway to . It is also the isles, shopping and drinking capital of the north westcoast of Scotland, and home to the excellent [http://www.scotchwhisky.net/malt/oban.htm whisky] of that name. Ferries run from here to [[Mull]],Colonsay, Kerrera, [[Isle of Lismore|Lismore]], [[Islay ]], [[Coll]], [[Tiree]] and the [[Outer Hebrides]]. Hence the tag Gateway to the Isles.
(There is also an Oban in New Zealand: a village on [[Stewart Island]].)
==Understand==
The '''Oban Tourist Office''' Argyll Square, 1631 563122, (''Fax: +44 (0)1631 564273, [email protected]'')[http://www.oban.org.uk/]. Oban and Lorn Tourism Association is a voluntary group representing the tourism industry in the area.
===Culture===
==Get in==
===By boat===
* '''Caledonian MacBrayne''', [http://www.calmac.co.uk/]. The national ferry service. The summer 2009 timetable there are operate car and foot passenger ferries to from [[Mull ]] (daily 52-7 times per day, takes 45 minutes), [[Isle of Lismore|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).
===By train===
* [[West Highland Railway|The West Highland Line]], [http://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotrwhl.htm]. Most is the most scenic way to get here from [[Glasgow]]. The station is right in the centre of town on the Harbour wall.
===By Bus===
* '''Scottish Citylink''', [http://www.citylink.co.uk/]. Coaches from Glasgow, via Tyndrum or InveraryInveraray. 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.
===By Plane===
==See==
* '''McCaig’s Tower''', [http://www.oban.org.uk/attractions/obanlogo.html]. 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''', [http://www.obanargyll.com/dunollie-castle.html]. 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''', [http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk]. 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''' [http://www.obanmuseum.org.uk/] - 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.
==Do==
* '''Oban Distillery''' [http://www.scotchwhisky.net/distilleries/oban.htm]
* '''[[Mull]] & [[Iona]] Island Tours''' - Available from Bowmans Tours [http://www.bowmanstours.co.uk/], Caledonian MacBrayne, Turus Mara [http://www.turusmara.com/] or Gordon Grant Tours [http://www.fingals-cave-staffa.co.uk/]
* '''War & Peace Exhibition''' - Museum detailing Oban's role in world wars. Free Admission
* '''Joy of Scotland Landrover day tours of hidden Argyll...''' - Standing stones, castles, glens, mountains, lochs, characterful pubs and plenty of time to explore. [http://www.joyofscotland.com/]
* '''Puffin Diving''' [http://www.puffin.org.uk/ ] - Dive centre
* '''Sea.fari Adventures''' [http://www.seafari.co.uk/] - High Speed Boat Rides
[[Image:otters.jpg|thumb|Fingal and Sula, Canadian river otters]]
* '''Scottish Sealife Sanctuary''' [http://www.sealsanctuaryvisitsealife.co.ukcom/oban1.htmlOban] [http://www.obanargyll.com/sea-life-centre.html]- See Fingal and Sula the Canadian river otters, common and grey seals and many other sea creatures. Around six miles north of Oban.*<do name="Murder Mystery Walking Trail" alt="by Treasure Trails" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.http://treasuretrails.co.uk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A great way to explore Oban whilst having fun solving clues. Buy booklet online or from local Tourist Information centre.</do>*<do name="Sea Kayaking Tours" alt="" address="8 Argyll Street, Oban" directions="5 mins from the station behind McT's" phone="44(0)1631 565 310" url="www.http://nationalkayakschool.com" hours="" price="£75/day" lat="" long="">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 </do> 
==Eat==
==Drink==
* '''Markie Dan's''' Victoria Crescent, Corran Esplanade, PA34 5PN* '''O’Donnells Irish Bar'''Breadalbane St, PA34 5NZ.* '''Lorne''' [http://www.s1play.com/directory/clubs/Oban/The_Lorne_Bar/]Stevenson Street, PA34 5NA.
* '''Cellar Bar'''.
* '''Harbour Bar'''.attached to The Columba Hotel, PA34 5QD on the North Pier* '''Aulay's''', [http://www.oban.org.uk/cgi-local/busdb/busmember.pl?aulays]8 Airds Crescent, PA34 5SQ.
==Sleep==
*'''Oban Bay Hotel''' - [http://www.crerarhotels.com/ourhotels/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 noisey noisy from the pubs below.*'''Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges''' Cologin, Lerags Glen, PA34 4SE [http://www.cologin.co.uk] 01631 564501 - self catering accommodation just under 3 miles from Oban - chalets from £300 per week.
===Splurge===
==Get out==
*Head out West on a ferry to [[Mull]] amd (for [[Iona]] - the nearest and could be done in ), [[Isle of Lismore|Lismore]] or Kerrera for a day trip; , or for an overnight stay on [[Coll]], [[Tiree]], [[Barra]], or [[South Uist]]. *Head North to [[Fort William]] - the direct bus may be better than catching the train to [[Crianlarich]] and changing trains, but it is a lot less scenic.
*Head North to South towards the islands of Seil, [[Luing]] and [[Easdale]], as well as Lochgilphead, [[Fort WilliamTarbert (Loch Fyne)|Tarbert]] - the direct bus may be better than and the train changing Kintyre penninsula. Call in at [[Crianlarich]http://www.kilmartin.org/ Kilmartin Museum]on the way or the Crinan Canal.
*Go back South East towards [[Glasgow]], maybe stopping at [[Tarbert (Loch Fyne)|Tarbert]], [[Inveraray]], [[Loch Lomond]], [[Helensburgh]] or [[Dumbarton]].
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