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Things to see and do in charming Oban, Scotland

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Oban Bay from McCaig's Tower
Oban Bay from McCaig's Tower Photo CC-by-SA Colin

Oban, which translates in English to “The Little Bay,” is a charming resort town located in the Argyll and Bute area of Scotland.  Popular during the summer months, the town is located in a scenic setting in the Firth of Lorn and sits on an almost perfect horseshoe of a bay, protected by Kerrera Island, and further out, the Isle of Mull.
Even though the town is small, it is still the largest town to be found between Glasgow and Fort William.

There is so much to see and do in the area, and when staying in comfortable self-catering accommodation at Bonawe House located in a scenic and lovely area near the nearby village of Taynuilt, you are in the perfect spot for some sightseeing. 

Those interested in history, can head to the Oban War and Peace Museum, which aims to educate present and future generations by displaying and conserving cultural and historic items related to both peace- and wartime years.  Interestingly the museum operates in the Oban Distillery, close to the main seafront in the town.  Apparently the distillation of whisky actually predates the town of Oban as production has been happening on this site since 1794.

Oban, Scotland
Oban photo CC-by-SA Dorcas Sinclair

The area surrounding the town offers much for the visitor including the dramatic and beautiful coastal and mountain scenery, host to several castles and ancient religious sites and perfect for hiking and exploring.  A range of activities are available in the area including sea kayaking, hill walking, scuba diving and cycling, for those wishing to do more than just relax
Dunollie castle near Oban, Scotland
Dunollie castle near Oban CC-by-SA Hartmut Josi Bennöhr
For evening entertainment the Corran Halls Theatre offers community events along with various theatrical and musical events, including hosting the Scottish Opera.

The town’s Phoenix Cinema offers a selection of the latest films on offer and it is interesting to note that Oban has starred in several films itself, including Morvern Callar and the charming, although rather sad, Ring of Bright Water.

On a culinary note, visitors are spoiled for choice when eating and drinking in Oban.  The town offers several good quality restaurants offering the best seafood dinners and, in fact, the town has received the title of the “Seafood Capital of Scotland.” 

For those preferring other dishes, there is an excellent range of restaurants offering various menus in the town centre.  For a pub lunch and a pint, there are several excellent pubs available as well as several local micro breweries.

For those in a shopping mood, Oban offers a wide range of stores selling clothing, shoes, household items, as well as gifts, souvenirs and local craftwork. George Street is the main shopping area of the town and strolling down the street window shopping takes a visitor down past the bay itself, with excellent views across to Kerrera island and the ocean beyond, to Argyll Square, offering more cafes and shops.  Leading off the main shopping street are several lanes worth exploring for more quaint retail therapy experiences. 

It is important to note that Oban is a Fair Trade Town, offering a better deal to third world producers and several outlets in both Oban and the surrounding area stock Fairtrade products.

All in all, Oban is a lovely destination for a holiday break and as the town warns you on their own official website, “Be careful … you may fall in love.”

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