A quintessential Scottish fishing town, Oban plays host to island-hopping tourists and enthusiastic walkers. The buzzing harbour sees trawlers and ferries press past the island of Kerrera and on towards the Outer Hebrides.
Around here, you’ll find both curving coastlines and heather-covered hilltops. Not only does Oban have good links to the west coast and isles, but amazing scenery is just a short drive away. Take a trip to Glen Coe‘s stunningly steep slopes, or head north to Benderloch and climb the smaller Beinn Lora. And don’t miss picturesque Castle Stalker, a 14th century tower house perched in the middle of Loch Linnhe. I’m also a huge fan of the Scottish Sea Life centre… otters, seals and rays, what’s your inner child not going to love?
For a more relaxing day, wander through the town’s curving streets towards McCaig’s Tower. The unfinished 19th century art gallery, which resembles Rome’s colosseum, frames panoramas across the rounded bay.
Where to stay
Ardtorna is an award winning, eco-friendly B&B just 20 minutes from Oban. Tuck into warm scones when you arrive, sample the homemade whisky cream liqueur and wake up to a gourmet breakfast cooked by the hosts. From £80pppn.
Where to eat
Enjoy a warm welcome and the best of regional produce at this high street restaurant. Take advantage of the lighter menu which boasts delicacies like black pudding, local mussels and Scottish goats’ cheese.
Oban Chocolate Company
Sink into a sofa and watch the waves from this seaside café. Choose from cocoa-fuelled hot drinks, chocolate taster trays and homemade cakes.