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Tonight - Light Rain
Minimum: 9C, Wind Direction: North Westerly
Wind: Moderate 18mph, Pressure: 1008mb, Sunset: 21:45 BST
Thursday - Light Rain
Maximum: 13C, Minimum: 9C
Wind: 18mph North Westerly, Visibility: Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:46 BST
Friday - Drizzle
Maximum: 16C, Minimum: 10C
Wind: 7mph North Westerly, Visibility: Moderate, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:50 BST, Sunset: 21:48 BST

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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?
Comments (13)
29/05/2018 @ 10:19 am
Richard Marcinko
Hi, I am the Harbourguides rep that is updating the Oban guide. The feedback I have received is very positive and the marina is now under great management. Looking forward to producing a really great guide for this sailing mecca.
29/05/2018 @ 9:12 am
Kate Jenkins
So pleased you are back updating Oban. i was there at the end of last summer and can honestly say that there is a vast improvement at the marina. The new management seem to understand the needs of visitors a lot more than the last regime. Oban is such a great place to visit with lovely restaurants and a great sailing area. Look forward to using the guide.
25/05/2018 @ 9:53 am
Harbourguides Crew
We are delighted to announce that Oban marina has been under new management now for a year. we have heard great reports that it is now a much better marina and therefor we are now in the process of updating our Oban Marina guide.
We did receive a lot of negative reviews over the last years about the marina, most of which we could not publish, but we can honestly say that our feedback now is very positive.
04/12/2013 @ 8:49 am
anonymous local.
In reference to Bill from last year's question, in a word Nope.
23/11/2013 @ 9:34 am
Bill from last year
Anymore gossip on the new Marina yet ?
23/10/2013 @ 7:59 am
Caledonian is by far the best hotel in Oban centre, close to everything you may need .
21/10/2013 @ 10:29 am
Lovely old Cinema inside Highland Theatre reminds me of my youth.
21/10/2013 @ 10:24 am
Cuifal Hotel is only a short drive from Oban an setting is ideal for exploring attractions.
19/09/2013 @ 1:10 pm
Emma and Sue
The Olive Garden is a hidden gem in Oban, always go here when i sail up to Oban.
31/08/2013 @ 8:24 am
The Fleetwood Crew
Great night out at Aulays last night.
26/06/2013 @ 8:24 am
Mike and the lads
Olive Garden is still a great place to eat, went a few years ago passing through Oban and managed to find it again.
26/06/2013 @ 8:24 am
Mike and the lads
Olive Garden is still a great place to eat, went a few years ago passing through Oban and managed to find it again.
18/04/2012 @ 7:43 am
Was in Oban last year and there was a lot of talk about a new marina in the harbour,anyone know how that is going ?
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Business Reviews (3)
23/08/2023 @ 10:03 am
Dunstaffnage Marina by Robert Long
What a dreadful experience at Dunstaffnage marina.
Booked temporary berthing for our 19ft rib and after directing us to a visitor mooring along side the first jetty, an unprotected metal corner punctured the RIB causing us to immediately remove the boat from the water.
Went to inform marina owner who barked “not heard of fenders” !!!!
What a nasty man and our diving holiday ruined.
They have a repair facility but offered NO assistance.
Terrible device-attitude-facility. Will NEVER go back here!!!! Beware, nasty owner who should not be patronised.
02/03/2016 @ 8:58 pm
Oban Marina by Andrew Jackson
Disappointing lack of care at this marina. They regularly have yachts capsize and suffer damage during normal winter weather conditions. They also fail to ensure that yacht owners are properly insured when moored or stored on hard standing leaving other owners at risk. Not recommended.
17/02/2013 @ 8:44 pm
Oban Marina by diablo pescador
dunstaffnage marina has deteriorated in to a sham as the management continually depletes the place of its best staff.
customer service is appalling and non existent.

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Details & Reviews (1)Dunstaffnage Marina
Boat Moorings, Marinas
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.

Address: Dunstaffnage Marina, Oban, Argyll, Scotland, PA37 1PX

Phone: 01631 566555 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)The Queens Hotel
Accommodation, Private Functions, Wifi
The Queens Hotel
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.

-Raymond and Susan Hyams - The Queens Hotel, Oban

Address: The Queens Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA 34 5AG

Phone: 01631 562 505 Fax: 01631 566217 - Email - Website - Map
Bars & Inns, Restaurants
Aulays Bar
Aulay's Bar, known simply as Aulay's to the locals, is situated in the centre of Oban, occupying the former site of the towns oldest droving inn, Tigh Clach A' Gheodha or the House of the Creek Stone.

Brimming with character, the pub has traditional back to back public and lounge bars.

Every inch of wall space is awash with a unique collection of maritime prints showing Oban's seafaring heritage throughout the centuries.

Bar lunches are served from 12 noon to 3.00pm. Choose from our varied menu of traditional Scottish fayre at very reasonable prices.

Aulay's is proudly owned and personally managed by Aulay Dunn, a member of Oban's longest standing licensee family, spanning over 3 generations.

Address: Aulays Bar, 8 Airds Crescent, Oban, PA34 5SQ

Phone: +44 (0)1631 562 596 - Email - Website - Map
Bars & Inns, Restaurants
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

Phone: 01631 565078 - Email - Website - Map
Boat Moorings, Marinas
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 sailing community.
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 of Scotland.

Address: Ardantrive Bay, Isle of Kerrera, Oban, PA34 4SX

Phone: +44 (0)1631 565 333 Fax: +44 (0)1631 565 888 - Email - Website - Map
Bars & Inns
The Lorne

Address: The Lorne, Stevenson Street, Oban, PA34 5NA

Phone: 01631 570020 - Email - Website - Map
Argyll Taxis
We offer…Contracts
Distance No Object
Day and Night Service
24-hour service over weekends Six-seater available on request
Freephone: 0800 654321

Address: Argyll Taxis, Oban, Argyl

Phone: 0800 654321 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)The Glen Campa Restaurant
The Glen Campa Restaurant
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

Phone: 01631 562 505 Fax: 01631 566217 - Email - Website - Map
Bistro Bar
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

Phone: 0844 855 9135 - Map
Details & Reviews (0)The Olive Garden
Private Functions, Wifi, Restaurants, Takeaway Food
The Olive Garden

Address: The Olive Garden, Unit 2 Railway Pier, Oban, PA34 4LW

Phone: 01631 570347 - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Skipinnish Sea Tours
Visitor Attractions
Skipinnish Sea Tours
Experience Scotland's beauty,
say Hello to seals and feel the exhilaration of zooming over clear blue seas with our experienced Skipper.

Circumnavigate the Isle of Kerrera or speed up stunning sea lochs near Oban or why not hire the boat & skipper and decide your own Skipinnish Adventure!!

Address: Skipinnish Sea Tours, Ceilidh House George Street, Oban

Phone: 07799 275 388 - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)T.Barbour Limited
Chandlery, Liferafts & Lifejackets, Marine Diesel, Marine Fuel
T.Barbour Limited

Address: T.Barbour Limited, Railway Pier, Oban, PA34 4LW

Phone: 01631 562849 - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Highland Theatre
Highland Theatre

Address: Highland Theatre, George Street, Oban, PA34 5NX

Phone: 01631 562444 - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Highland Theatre
Visitor Attractions
Highland Theatre

Address: Highland Theatre, George Street, Oban, PA34 5NX

Phone: 01631 562444 - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Kerrera Marina
We’re a family run, fully equipped marina with everything you could need from hot showers, refuelling and repairs to an on-site restaurant serving food from our island farm.
Join us on our historic island for a stress free, memorable experience.
Visitor berthing From overnight stays to a base for several months, we’ve got everything you need in one place so that nothing gets in the way of your adventure.
A small marina on a little island with a big heart.

Address: Kerrera Marina, Isle of Kerrera, Oban, PA34 4SX

Phone: 01631 565333 - Email - Website - Map
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