'''Oban''' is a town in
the [[ Scottish Highlands]]. It is the Seafood & Sea Kayaking Capital of Scotland and probably the whole of Europe and gateway to the isles, shopping and drinking capital of the north west, and home to the excellent [http://www.scotchwhisky.net/malt/oban.htm whisky] of that name. Ferries run from here to [[Mull]],Colonsay, Kerrera, Lismore, Islay [[Coll]], [[Tiree]] and the [[Outer Hebrides]].
(There is also an Oban in New Zealand: a village on [[Stewart Island]].)
The '''Oban Tourist Office''' Argyll Square, 1631 563122, (''Fax: +44
1631 564273, [email protected]
* '''Caledonian MacBrayne'''
, [http://www.calmac.co.uk/] . The national ferry service. The summer 2009 timetable there are car ferries to Mull (daily 5-7 times per day, takes 45 minutes), Lismore (Mon - Sat 3-4 per day, 50 minutes), Coll and/or Tiree (5 per week, 3-4 hours), Colonsay (5 per week, 2.5 hours), Barra (daily, 5+ hours)and Lochboisdale on South Uist (4 per week, 5+ hours).
* [[West Highland Railway|The West Highland Line]]
, [http://www.scotrail.co.uk/ scotrwhl.htm] . Most scenic way to get here from [[Glasgow]]. The station is right in the centre of town on the Harbour wall.
* '''Scottish Citylink''', [http://www.citylink.co.uk/]. Coaches from Glasgow, via Tyndrum or
Inverary. 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 [[Inverness]] - see the website for more details.
* '''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.
* '''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.
* '''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.
sealsanctuary. co.uk/ oban1.html] [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.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.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>
* '''Markie Dan's'''* '''O’Donnells Irish Bar'''.* '''Lorne''' [http://www.s1play.com/directory/clubs/Oban/The_Lorne_Bar/].
* '''Cellar Bar'''.
* '''Harbour Bar'''
.* '''Aulay's''', [http://www.oban.org.uk/cgi-local/busdb/busmember.pl?aulays].
*'''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 from the pubs below.
*Head out West on a ferry to [[Mull]]
amd [[Iona]] - the nearest and could be done in a day trip ; or for an overnight stay on [[Coll]], [[Tiree]], [[Barra]] , [[South Uist]] .
North to [[ Fort William]] - the direct bus may be better than the train changing at [ [Crianlarich]].
*Go back South East towards [[Glasgow]], maybe stopping at [[Tarbert (Loch Fyne)|Tarbert]], [[Inveraray]], [[Loch Lomond]], [[Helensburgh]] or [[Dumbarton]].