This is why Oban is worth visiting

You’ve clicked on this article because you’re wondering if Oban is worth visiting?

The short answer is yes. A thousand times yes.

But if you’re not convinced, give me a few minutes of your time and I’ll show you exactly why The Little Bay is one of Scotland’s gems and a must-visit.

Let’s dive in 👇

The Gateway to the Isles

Oban is aptly known as the “Gateway to the Isles” and is the perfect basecamp for those looking to island hop around the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

When you’re in Oban, you’re only a short ferry-ride away from wandering along the pristine beaches of Mull, exploring the Isle of Kerrera, or experiencing the enchanting Iona Abbey.

But there’s so much more to Oban than just getting on a ferry and leaving.

Dorean Dorothy Jean Mackie summed it up: “Always worth a visit, so friendly and has boats for all the island hopping you like. Fantastic launchpad and so much to see; you will not be disappointed.”

The Seafood Capital of Scotland

This is a title that us Obanites are proud to carry. Whether its fine-dining, a local chip shop, pub-grub, or a seafood shack near the pier, the one thing they all have in common is fresh and fabulous seafood.

Oban has always been a busy fishing port and while their might not be as many boats working there today, you can still see seafood being landed on a daily basis.

So do yourself a favour and get yourself to Oban and indulge.

But don’t just take our word for it…

Stephen Maxwell said: “The seafood is a great part – the stuff is so fresh and beautiful.”

The People

When we asked our Facebook Community why should people consider visiting Oban, one comment that popped up time and time again was: The People.

But, instead of me trying to convince you about why us locals are so great, I’ll let Bee Baily take it from here.

She said: “Beautiful people, stunning views, serene yet fun, independent shops, great food, great humour, warmth and friendliness, a sense of magic, a beautiful place – rain or shine, and a sense of awe. No place like it. My happy place.”

The History

One of the things that helps Oban stand out, apart from its stunning scenery, incredible food, and great people 👀, is the history of the town.

It isn’t subtle either. As soon as you step foot in The Little Bay, the first thing you notice is the marvellous monument that is McCaig’s Tower.

The Colosseum-shaped structure overlooks Oban and is referred to as its crown. The tower was commissioned in 1897 by John Stuart McCaig as a lasting monument to his family and provide work for local stonemasons during the winter months.

And it doesn’t end there either.

A simple walk around Oban will expose you to its oldest building Dunollie Castle, a 400-million year old rock that has inspired folklore, and the town’s role in several wars.

Pete Livesey-Moss said: “Oban is just a nice peaceful relaxing tranquil place. Great views, stunning scenery – just one of those places you cannot help but love, as you drive in to Oban you just get the Wow factor, The place is amazing.”

The Whisky

If we haven’t won you over yet, maybe it’s time to let the our whisky do the talking.

You can’t mention Oban without delving into a dram. Without the whisky, Oban might not be what it is today.

Oban as we know it was built around the distillery, which was founded in 1794. Before then, our slice of heaven was a small fishing village.

Seeing how this distinguished distillery operates is worth a trip to Oban in itself.

The Scenery and Wildlife

If you aren’t convinced by our location, seafood, people, history, or even our whisky, then you might be someone who prefers to sit home and watch paint dry, you weirdo.

But, if you prefer sunsets and seagulls, then bingo. Your time has come.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again. There’s something magical about an Oban sunset. If you have never experienced one, it’s time to put it on your bucket list.

Oh, and we have some pretty amazing wildlife as well. Just last month two Orca whales were spotted in the waters near Oban.

You’re never truly alone in The Little Bay, surrounded by a thriving community of seals, whales, birds, porpoises, basking sharks, and otters

If you want to check out the scenery before you get there, you can view the Oban Webcam live on our website.

What People Say About Oban

You’re probably sick of reading what I have. to say by now. I am a little biased after all. So here’s what others have said about the town when we asked them why Oban was worth visiting.

“There’s lots of wee hidden gems example the wee village Easdale was beautiful, but mostly the people they’re so relaxed and welcoming. I thoroughly enjoy every visit.”

Stephen Maxwell

“I’m a tourist staying south of here in Kilmelford. The last 2 weeks staying in this area and in particular Oban has been simply emotional. What a town, the people are friendly and helpfull, the fish n chips are the best I have had, the scenery is stunning. So nice to see a variety of shops selling local produce. Many a place could take an example from Oban. Thank you Oban.”

Steve Higgins

“It’s the best wee town in the world. Love the harbour, the ferries, the quick escape out to Ganavan Sands where it’s so quiet. It just seems to have everything.”

Sharon Wilson

“My hometown the amazing views and scenery the local gift & souvenir shops, the best fish & chips around great people. The town with the crown. What more could you ask for.”

Catherine Farlow

“The views from McCaig’s Tower, pulpit Hill, the food the boats. Just everything. I love it so much I got married there.”

Sharon Baillie

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