The Airds is a great place from which to visit the scenic town of Oban.
Standing unchallenged as the capital of North Argyll, the busy town of Oban is informally known as the 'Gateway to the Isles'. It is also known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland offering a remarkable number of award winning restaurants great for a lunch stop.
The following page will hopefully give you helpful and informative information about Oban and what to do and see in the town. For more information also please visit: 'What's on in Oban' www.oban.org.uk
Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt whisky is but a stone's throw from the sea. During summer months or when travelling a distance it is advisable to book a tour ahead: Visit their website for more information: www.discovering-distilleries.com/oban
The most outstanding feature within Oban is McCaig's Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands above the town and features in many postcards. The tower is 10 minutes walk uphill from the centre of the town and provides spectacular views across the town and onto neighbouring islands.
Standing close to the shore is the ruined Dunollie castle. This 1745 castle is a museum and cultural centre at the seat of Clan MacDougall. The heritage site includes a medieval castle, exhibitions, events and activities for all ages throughout the year. Visit their website for more information: www.dunollie.org
Oban War and Peace Museum
Why not visit this popular museum to learn about Oban during the war. We are proud to support the museum via their 'Friends of the Museum' scheme. Visit www.obanmuseum.org.uk.
Boat Trips from Oban
Various operators offer boat trips throughout the spring/summer, to spot seals and other marine wildlife. They tend to depart from the North Pier Slipway.
Island of Kerrera
The Island of Kerrera has been described as a jewel in the Firth of Lorne. Just a few minutes ferry ride away from the mainland of Oban, it offers peace and beauty that is unique and is fabulous for walking. As well as Gylen Castle, there is a profusion of wildlife, including a seal colony, wild goats and occasional visits from golden and sea eagles. On how to get there visit: www.kerrera-ferry.co.uk
Ferries from Oban
Oban is the gateway to many islands including Mull, Coll, Tiree and the Outer Hebrides and therefore makes a fantastic base from which to explore many of the islands of Scotland. Visit Caledonian MacBrayne website to check times of ferries and ticket prices: www.calmac.co.uk
Tours from Oban - with Bowman's Tours
Mull and Iona Tour from Oban
Three Isles Excursion Tour from Oban - Mull-Iona-Staffa
Visit their website for more information and to book tickets in advance: www.bowmanstours.co.uk
Good Lunch Stop
Piazza - provides an excellent range of Italian food with excellent pizza's. www.piazzaoban.com
Ee-Usk - informal fish restaurant with stunning views. www.eeusk.com
Coast - along the main high street about 2 minutes walk from the cinema. www.coastoban.co.uk