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Oban

4.2
Distilleries · Landmarks · Military Museums

Popular things to do in Oban

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Distillery
Oban Distillery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
McCaig's Tower
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Finn Falconry
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Military Museum
Oban War & Peace Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During the tourist season, the town can play host to up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn. The bay is a near perfect horseshoe, protected by the island of Kerrera; and beyond Kerrera, the Isle of Mull. To the north, is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.HistoryThe site where Oban now stands has been used by humans since at least mesolithic times, as evidenced by archaeological remains of cave dwellers found in the town. Just outside the town stands Dunollie Castle, on a site that overlooks the main entrance to the bay and has been fortified since the Bronze age. Prior to the 19th century, the town itself supported very few households, sustaining only minor fishing, trading, shipbuilding and quarrying industries, and a few hardy tourists. The Renfrew trading company established a storehouse there in about 1714 as a local outlet for its merchandise, but a Custom-house was not deemed necessary until 1736 when "Oban being reckoned a proper place for clearing out vessels for the herring fishery". Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a United Kingdom trip simple and quick.

Side trips from Oban

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Mountain
Nevis Range Mountain Resort Torlundy
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Valley
Glen Coe Glencoe
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Steall Waterfall Fort William
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Ben Nevis Fort William
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Oban

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Garden
Arduaine Garden Arduaine
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Castle
Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Oban

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Shark Diving
Basking Shark Scotland
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Argyll-Sea Tours
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Wildlife Area
Parsley the Ambassador Cat
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Wildlife Area
The Island Parrot Sanctuary
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Oban

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Castle
Gylen Castle
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Church
Saint Columba Cathedral
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
St John's Cathedral
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Oban Baptist Church
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Oban

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Art Museum
Easdale Island Folk Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
The Jetty Gallery
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Ocean Explorer Centre
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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