SMALL STATURE. BIG ADVENTURE.
Under the craggy, emerald peaks of the Scottish Highlands lies a tiny port town with a heart for adventure. Gaelic for “little bay”, Oban is a captivating getaway that fulfills your every dream of Scotland.
Dubbed both the Gateway to the Isles and sea kayaking capital of Scotland; kayaking, boating, and other outdoor endeavors are within easy reach in Oban. Kayak out of the harbor or take one of many ferries to the neighboring isles to spend your day portaging and hiking. River otters, seals, sea lions, porpoise and puffins attract nature lovers to explore the shores of Loch Linnhe and the nearby Scottish Sealife Sanctuary.
The backdrop to both historic and fictional scenes, Oban’s breathtaking landscape has played a key role in some of history’s most famous moments. Explore the magnificent Inverary Castle, former home to the Duke of Argyll. Look familiar? This vision in Gothic Revival architecture can also be seen on the popular show Downtown Abbey as the fictional "Duneagle Castle." Embark on a short train ride along the Highlands aboard the Jacobite Steam Train and be transported into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Speaking of Jacobites, even the natural beauty of the Highlands can’t conceal the echoes of this country’s tumultuous history, as you walk the hallowed grounds of the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe.
Visit the garrison of Fort William by foot, train, or even mountain bike to experience the second largest Highland settlement. A window onto the towering Ben Nevis, the town features cozy cafes, pubs, and artisanal High Street shops. Of course, nearly every part of Oban and its neighboring towns impart the same charming sense of community. Enjoy fresh seafood, traditional fare, and sample a dram of scotch whisky straight from the source—the famous Oban Distillery.