A Guide To Oban, Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country and is well known for the rolling hills and the little villages. Oban is a town in the West Highlands of Scotland. The town is most famous for the seafood and the kayaking experiences but it is also a hub to the many islands surrounding Oban. The Isle Of Mull for example, and if you have children, they will know the main town Tobermory as Balamory, which was a famous childrens TV programme. As for visiting Oban, there is a lot to do and see, and you won’t have to travel too far to find some entertainment. So let’s take a look at Oban…

Where To Stay

There are a lot of different types of accommodation from humble hostels to grand hotels such as the Caledonian Hotel. Not far from Oban in a little village called Benderloch. It has a beautiful luxury hotel called the Eriska Hotel. It has spa facilities, restaurant and bar. There are lots of activities to keep you amused on the hotel grounds but there is easy access to the town of Oban as well. If you want a high class stay then by far the Eriska Hotel is for you. If you would like a bed and breakfast option the Feorlin B&B is the one for you, which is in the town of Oban and has amazing reviews. It is small and can be mistaken for a house but you will be treated like royalty, the service is top notch. The breakfast is the traditional Scottish breakfast but also offer porridge and a continental breakfast if this is more your scene.

Where To Eat

Oban is known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland, so you really must try some local delights. There is a wide range of restaurants around Oban, so you are definitely spoiled for choice. On the North Pier of Oban there is a beautiful seafood restaurant, Eeusk. It is a beautiful location and all food is locally sourced from fish to crab to lobster, you really will be spoiled for choice. If seafood isn’t your thing, try Coast behind the Corran Esplanade, they offer meat, vegetarian and also some seafood. The décor is beautiful and the food to die for…

What’s  On Offer In Oban?

I am an outdoor activity sort of person, so I will focus on the walks around Oban, and also a great family day out at the Sealife Sanctuary. I love hillwalking and gorge walking, (which is completely different)  but a great way to see a variety of locations. One favourite walk is the Glen Dubh Forest Walk in Barcaldine. Like the name suggests, there are forests and gorges to admire along the path. W ith a total distance of 7km, it really is a excellent walk and you’ll enjoy some stunning scenery. If you are looking for great walks in Scotland, you will be spoiled for choice in Oban.

Oban is great place for children to visit too. In Connel there is the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary where they offer you the chance to get a close encounter with local sea life critters. They also have a huge array of fish species and other water loving animals such as otters and seals. The Centre provides talks and feeding demonstrations on most of the animals and fish – a great experience for young children.

Lots of Scots travel to Oban to enjoy the food, fresh air and friendly atmosphere. I would highly recommend visit to this lovely coastal town…

Joe Elliott is a web designer from Scotland, he loves travelling. You can find out more about Joe and about walks in Scotland on his personal blog. You can also follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his RSS feed.