Oban Coast Guide   

Oban, on Scotland's west coast, is a busy port and resort town over looking the islands of Kerrera and Mull. Oban is known as the 'gateway to the islands' and ferries run from here to the Inner and Outer Hebrides including; Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay.

                                                               Oban harbour

For details of  Oban Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Oban Hotels  Guest Houses and Attractions

Oban today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated, artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are today working their magic on tourists from all over the world. In summer this small town can become hectic - you are advised to book ahead for accommodation and ferries. Around 3 miles to the north of Oban is the mouth of Loch Etive a scenic sea loch that stretches nearly 20 miles inland. 

The stunning scenery attracts thousands of visitors to the Island of Mull each year. The mountain of Ben More towers above the island at 3100 feet. The main town is Tobermory, to the north of the island, a picturesque fishing village with multi-coloured houses lining the small harbour. 


    Oban Fishing Fleet   Oban Coast   Oban Beach 

             Oban fishing                                       Oban coast                                  Oban beach



Places to visit around Oban 

 The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary - Barcaldine, Oban Argyll PA37 1SE Phone: 01631 720386

Sealife Adventures - Book a trip for a chance to see;  porpoise, dolphin, whales and eagles - Balvicar, Seil By Oban Argyll Phone: 01631 571010. For more information see - www.sealife-adventures.com

Atlantis Leisure Centre - Swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite - Dalriach Road, Oban Argyll PA34 5JE - Phone: 01631 566800

Oban Distillery - Established in 1794 and still making distinctive malt whiskeys - Stafford Street, Oban, PA34 5NH Phone: +44 163 157 2004

Dunstaffnage Castle - part ruined 13th castle but open to the public. 

Map of Oban and Island of Mull

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Attractions - see listings pages

Plymouth WaterfrontA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.



We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

     The Beach Pub - Exmouth


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