Things to Do in Oban

Things to do in ObanOban is a good sized town in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Famous as a holiday and long weekend destination amongst many Scots in the central belt Oban has loads of stuff to do and places to stay.

The first sight that people often want to visit in Oban is McCaig’s Folly – a huge round fronted monument built overlooking the town. The views from the top are fantastic but it is a steep walk from the town centre to get to it.

Sitting on Oban harbour wall eating freshly cooked seafood from one of the seafood sellers on the pier is an idyllic thing to do when the weather is right. Langoustine, scallops, crab etc – it’s all there and in at least one of the huts is cooked fresh to order.

There is also a leisure centre only a short walk from the town centre.

Oban distillery has a visitor centre open to the public and is right in the centre of town.

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The Oban and Lorn Tourism Association website has information on accommodation, places to eat, scenery, landscapes and seascapes and the numerous activities that can be enjoyed in the ancient district of Lorn.

For those who prefer their things to do outside, Oban offers a really exciting golf course, walking and fishing are all nearby the town and cyclists can get a great feel for the area on the many small roads around Oban.

Island hoppers can base themselves in Oban and take advantage of the many ferries that operate from there taking passengers to Mull and beyond.

Oban had many restuarants and pubs in it, some with traditional Scottish music and entertainment. Oban’s cinema which had closed has now reopened in community ownership and is now called the Oban Phoenix.

Just 10 miles North of Oban on the Oban to Fort William road you will find The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary – Scotland’s Leading Marine Conservation Experience. The Sanctuary combines a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue and rehabilitation centre for rescued seal pups. With over 50 natural marine displays, talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day and open all year round from 10am it is a great day out whatever the weather.

If you are considering staying in Oban, have a look at our page on Oban hotels.