Amongst Victorian holiday boom’s most enduring legacies, Oban remains one of Scotland’s most beautiful and rewarding seaside resorts. The ‘Gateway to the Western Isles’ the town stands within an area that has inspired generation after generation of artists, writers and musicians. From the awesome highland backdrop to the dramatic coastline, the legendary sunsets to the magnificent lochs, it is an area filled with enchantment. Originally a fishing village, the construction of the railway in 1880 prompted the arrival of tourists, keen to see the place Queen Victoria called "one of the finest spots we have seen".
The lovely sheltered harbour seems constantly filled with fishing and pleasure boats and the marina offers plentiful moorings for the visiting yachts and powerboats that take advantage of the ‘all tides’ access. The town itself is picturesque, friendly and bustling. You can shop down George Street and explore the small lanes leading away from the centre; eat lunch at one of the cafes on Argyll Street and admire its floral display. In the evening you can wonder at the illuminated Tower amphitheatre that overlooks the bay from the hilltop above the town. There are plenty of opportunities for excursions including the ruins of Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffe Castle and the Scottish Sea Life & Marine Sanctuary.
With so much genuine Scottish magic to offer, is it any wonder they call Oban the unofficial capital of the highlands?
Luxury, Elegance, Comfort
The Queens Hotel, Oban is a magnificent building, filled with history.
It is believed to have been originally built for the 1st Episcopalian Bishop of Argyll and the Islands as his home. Later it was a church retreat and then a temperance hotel called The Glen Campa Hotel before it evolved into the majestic hotel of today.
We saw the potential when we stayed there in the mid 1990s whilst on our honeymoon. As new owners, to say we have achieved our dream would be an understatement, with unsurpassed views over Oban bay, elegant furnishings and sumptuous meals we welcome you.
Oban Marina boasts a friendly 'can do'
staff, an extremely professional
standard of service and all of the
up-to-date facilities that are needed to
meet the high expectations of today's
The marina also offers you one of the
very few 'all tides' accesses on the West
Coast of Scotland.
For those travelling by land to the
marina, it is just a short ride away by
Oban Marina's own ferry.,br>
Run by the team who developed the highly successful
Nanny Cay Marina & Hotel on Tortola, British Virgin
Islands, the marina has recently undergone a number
of improvements with more to come.
Sympathetic to the island's natural beauty, these
improvements will soon make Oban Marina one of the
foremost marine services providers on the West Coast
Cuan Mor is the Gaelic translation for Big Ocean, which as you will find from our delightful views across Oban Bay, is where we are located.
We welcome all of our guests at Cuan Mor with open arms and a warm friendly smile. Our restaurants and bars are creatively designed using only natural and reclaimed Scottish materials, such as Ballachulish slate and greenheart timber beams from the lighthouse pier. The indigenous woods of Scotland have been used in our table tops and floors, and two of Scotlands's finest blacksmiths have used traditional methods to create individual pieces which contribute to creating a unique and charismatic highland venue.
We like to keep it local at Cuan Mor, so we have selected many of the finest local beers, real ales and whiskies, to compliment our menu's extensive selection of locally sourced produce.
Address: Cuan Mor, 60 George Street, Oban, PA34 5DS
The Glen Campa Restaurant
The Glen Campa Restaurant is fast gaining a reputation for the finest cuisine. Our highly experienced team of chefs take great pride in the sourcing of the very best of local produce. The intimate atmosphere enjoyed is accentuated by the twinkling crystal chandeliers and the beguiling views over Oban Bay to the Isle of Kerrera.
While watching the sunset on the water you may feel tempted by the thought of some local seafood. The Queens Hotel Seafood Platter is second to none with a mouth-watering ensemble including Local Langoustines in a Garlic, Lemon and Chilli Butter; Mussels in White Wine, Garlic and Cream; Haddock Goujons and Salmon in a Béarnaise Sauce.
Lunch on Sundays is a sumptuous carvery and is served from 12.30-4.30pm.
Address: The Glen Campa Restaurant, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA 34 5AG
Welcome to Dunstaffnage
Dunstaffnage Marina is located on the shores of Dunstaffnage Bay overlooking Dunstaffnage Castle at the entrance to Loch Etive and provides a unique range of services.
Just 3 miles from Oban, the gateway to the Western Isles, Dunstaffnage is easily accessible by road, rail and ferry, or by air from Oban Airport at Connel just 2 miles away.
The Marina has excellent facilities with 150 fully serviced berths able to accommodate yachts or motor vessels up to 25 metres load.
Enjoy a drink or light meal in the hotel's Caledonian Café Bar where a modern spacious interior provides various separate areas in which to unwind over a drink or bite to eat. There are well-spaced tables for diners, fireside couches to relax on and spectacular views of the bay and islands. In the Café Bar our menu provides you with a wide range of traditional and contemporary dishes throughout the day.
Dinner is served in the Restaurant Caledonian in an intimate candlelit setting. Here the menu changes daily in keeping with the seasonal and local produce the chef selects and in order to offer guests plenty of variety.
We're committed to using the freshest food we can find, sourced wherever possible within Scotland..
Address: Bistro Bar, Station Square, Oban, PA34 5RT