Must do activities in Oban.

Must do activities in Oban.

Oban is known as the seafood capital of Scotland. The town itself lies in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay and is a busy town with great accommodation, cafes and restaurants, and wide selection of activities and day trips. This popular town is also known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ offering a remarkable number of award-winning restaurants.

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Discover breath taking views from McCaigs Tower

McCaigs Tower dominates the skyline of Oban. The coliseum building was built in 1897 as a lasting monument to the McCaig family.

The climb from the town centre to McCaig’s Tower is well worth the effort when faced with the spectacular views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands.

The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban.

See the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is situated off the west coast of Scotland between the islands of Jura and Scarba.

It is one of the largest permanent whirlpools on earth and one of the most dangerous stretches of water around the British Isles. It is said that at certain times the roar is so loud that it can be heard ten miles away.

Sea Fari Adventures offers boat trips to the whirlpool and its surrounding waters, known as the Gulf of Corryvreckan.

Oban Boat

Taste the fresh seafood

If you’re a seafood lover, then Oban really is the place for you. Oban has a longstanding fishing heritage, and abundance of establishments serving local fish and shellfish.

Book a table at Eeusk, an award-winning restaurant to try elegantly prepared dishes, or tuck into hot, freshly cooked seafood and hearty sandwiches, straight from eateries on the pier.

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Dive with basking sharks.

Oban is known as a worldwide basking shark hotspot and is also widely known as one of the best areas in Scotland for abundant marine wildlife.

Basking Shark Scotland offer diving offer basking shark, wildlife excursions & snorkel safaris to the Inner Hebrides where our mission is to provide great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of our stunning area.

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Cycle around the Isle of Kerrera.

Visiting the Island of Kerrera is like travelling back in time. The northern tip of the island can be seen from Oban, although it is a rather large island it has a population of just 35.

As you depart the ferry from Oban, head towards Gylen Castle. On route you can even stop at the teahouse for a well-deserved break.

The views from the castle are spectacular and well worth the ride.

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Experience the scenery by canoe.

Kayaking is perfect to get up close to wildlife – seals, porpoises, whales, otters and eagles.  History, with its castles, slate villages, deserted islands. Scenery, as good as the West Coast of Scotland gets, island jewels dotted on a steel blue ocean.

Sea Kayak Oban can run sea kayaking trips and holidays around the Scottish Islands of Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Jura, Islay, Gigha and Lismore using both double and single kayaks.

Watch Oban Whisky being made.

Oban Distillery predates the town of Oban itself. Established in 1794, Oban Distillery is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery offers tours to visitors with the chance to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production first-hand before enjoying complimentary drams of the Oban 14 year old West Highland Malt.

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Indulge yourself at The Oban Chocolate Company.

Your visit to Oban would not be complete without a visit to The Oban Chocolate Company. Watch the mouth-watering chocolates being made right in front of your eyes. The Chocolate Company is situated on Oban’s Corran Esplance, with glorious views across Oban Bay. Perfect for to relax and enjoy delicious hot chocolates, coffees and home baking.

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