This bustling little town clusters round its harbour from which trips run out to Mull, Iona, Staffa, Lismore, Coll and Tiree. Wildlife boat trips also allow you to see the diverse range of marine wildlife of the area. Just to the north are the Ganavan Sands, with another superb beach at Ardmucknish Bay near Benderloch.
Oban Self Catering Cottages
Sight-seeing around the 'Little Bay'
Oban is a Victorian seaside resort with attractions and places of interest including the Oban Distillery, the Oban War and Peace Museum (which describes Oban's role during the war years), McCaig's Tower which is a folly built in the style of the Roman Colosseum and the ruins of the McDougal Clan's 13th century Dunollie Castle.
It is also possible to go diving at Port Gallanach, a mile south of Oban. The town hosts the Argyllshire Gathering which is held in August each year and the West Highland Yachting Week in late July which attracts hordes of sailors to the town.
The Isle of Kerrera lies just off Oban and is popular for walking, exploring its geological structure and enjoying the sandy beach at Slatrach Bay. Hutcheson's Monument (a memorial to one of the founders of the ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne) and the ruined Gylen Castle are also worth visiting while on the island.
To the north the ruins of the 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle stand on an immense rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn. It is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland and the former stronghold of the MacDougalls. Further north is Connel Bridge, a cantilever bridge that spans Loch Etive, under which the Falls of Lora are created on the ebb tide. The 17th century Barcaldine Castle and the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Loch Creran are also interesting places to visit, as are the photogenic ruins of the 16th century Castle Stalker at Port Appin.