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Oban is a small coastal town with around 8000 people but due to its tourist industry provides a variety of facilities and services that allow visitors to enjoy an active social life. The town has a modern leisure centre, an independent cinema, and a good selection of shops, pubs, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Oban certainly deserves its by-name as the seafood capital of Scotland! The Corran Halls put on a variety of shows, plays, music performances, ballet events etc. The stunning scenery offers access to nearly all outdoor pursuits and ferries can take you easily to many Hebridean destinations. Visitors can explore the area's past at Dunollie House and at the War and Peace Museum.

Look at the following websites for information about Oban as a tourist destination:

The Argyll & Bute Council website has information on services such as schools, transport and leisure.



For visitors to Oban

Previous visitors stayed in the following accommodation providers in the area:


and there are many more opportunities to stay in Oban



Oban has a range of supermarkets including Tesco, Farmfoods, Lidl and Aldi alongside a multitude of small independent shops.  Boots, New Look, Waterstone's, Superdrug and WHSmith are all in the centre of town.
 Argos, Homebase and Pets at Home are just behind Tesco. Also an M&Co shop and various clothes and shoe shops are spread across town. Charity Shops run by Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and the local charity that has gone international, Mary's Meals, are there to tempt all those bargain-hunters! There are also a health food shop and a deli in town. And most importantly, there are the Oban Distillery and the Oban Chocolate Company! Just outside of Oban is Poppies Garden Centre and welcoming cafe and gift shop!

Oban is proud to be a fairtrade town since 2006.


Sports activities

Sport: you will most likely be able to do any kind of sport in Oban you never dreamt of doing, as this is "the great outdoors".




If you would like to hire a bus for transporting larger groups around the area, this can be arranged through West Coast Motors

There is easy access to the islands through Oban’s Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal. There are also regular buses and trains running to Fort William and Glasgow, and connections from there to the rest of the country.

For general public transport information for Scotland visit the Traveline Scotland website.

There is also a small airport in North Connel, owned by Argyll and Bute Council, with scheduled flights to the the islands of Coll, Colonsay and Tiree. The nearest international airport is Glasgow International, which is two hours by car away from the institute. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick are three hours car journey away from Oban.


Tours and trips around Oban

The area provides opportunities for many exciting weekends, days or half-days out. Here is a small selection of possible tours: