Oban is a fantastic Scottish town and port with iconic structures and great little restaurants. However, if this is your first visit, you need to be aware of all the best things to see and do in Oban so that you can make the most of your trip.
1. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary
The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is located on the shores of Loch Creran. The aquarium has over 50 marine displays; visitors can watch interactive talks and feeding demonstrations and can even feed the sharks. You can also explore Loch Crenans nature trail an there is a woodland play area for children. The sanctuary not only rescues seals, it provides a home to other animals including Seahorses, otters and a variety of fish including jellyfish, porcupine pufferfish and everyone’s favourite the clownfish, aka Nemo!
2. Oban War and Peace Museum
Oban War and Peace Museum – Oban was home to Australian, Canadian and US aircrew during the war years, RAF flying boats operated from Oban Bay. Photographs and artefacts provide a fascinating insight into the areas fishing and maritime industries. Entry is free, however, donations are greatly received as the museum is a charitable company.
Why not have a go at learning Archery? – Lessons are given by a former world champion using the traditional longbow of the Scottish Highlands.
4. The Island of Kerrera
Visit the island of Kerrera which is a short ferry ride from Oban. Gylen Castle is located on the island just a few minutes’ walk off the main circular track. It was built in 1587 and the views are amazing. The island is also home to a seal colony, wild goats, dolphins, otters and occasional sea and golden eagles. After a long walk or cycle ride, pay a visit to the awards winning tea garden near the castle. For ferry timetables and prices visit www.kerrera-ferry.co.uk
5. Oban Distillery
You can’t visit Scotland without sampling a wee dram. Oban Distillery is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt whiskey. The sensory and flavour finding tour is a guided tour showing visitors the methods of whiskey making and the secrets of which make Oban Malt unique. There is also the opportunity to taste the finished product.
6. Seafari Adventure
Take a Seafari Adventure. The Corryvreckan whirlpool is the 3rd largest in the world; the cruises allow visitors to see whales and dolphins. The Corryvreckan Boat Trip is for the more adventurous and only operates in spring when the tidal range is greatest. The trip lasts 2 hours and not for those without good sea legs!
7. Learn to Kayak
Seafreedom over a variety of classes and trips from introductory days for absolute beginners to individual coaching for the more experienced. The wild coast and islands of The Firth of Lorn, the Hebrides all await.
8. The Ocean Explorer Centre
Become a marine scientist for the day at The Ocean Explorer Centre. Observe what lives underwater at The Firth of Lorn. Using a microscope you can see the tiny algae that produce half of the oxygen on the planet. Kids can crawl through the artic tunnel and find out what a creaking glacier sounds like and what animals live on, in and under the ice.
9. Enjoy some Water Sports
There are courses available in sailing, power boating and fishing trips.
Argyll is a walker’s paradise, with plenty of mountains to climb. A Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet is called a Munro. Take a ferry to one of the many islands such as Mull. Try Ben Lora, just a few miles out of Oban, it is about a 2-hour walk up and down and you can enjoy views over Ardmuckrush Bay towards Mull. There are over 20 Munros within a 45-minute drive of Oban.
Check out this great group accommodation in Oban.