Julies Coffee House - If we want a coffee and cake or sandwich this is the place to go, small, sweet, so friendly and all homemade. Situated opposite the distillery in Street
Waterfront Restaurant - situated near the ferry terminal, great seafood and the best fish & chips. Tel 01631 563110
Eeusk - situated on the North pier and serve a wide variety of seafood. Tel 01631 565666
Coast - on George Street is a small restaurant and serves a variety of quality dishes, a favourite of ours. Tel 01631 569900
Oban Steakhouse - is also on George Street and specialise in good steaks. Tel 01631 562954
Cuan Mhor - is on George Street opposite the North pier, they do a wide variety of bar meals of really good quality and price. Tel 01631 565078
The Olive Garden - is on the railway pier and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy Spanish type cuisine. Tel 01631 570347
Room 9 - is a lovely restaurant run by a young couple who really take pride in their cooking. Tel 01631 564200
Piazza - is on the North pier and servesgreat pizzas and pasta dishes. Tel 01631 563628
Queens Hotel - conveniently next door have a restaurant or bar meals if you are too tired to venture into town. Tel 01631 562505
The Light of India - is a family run Indian restaurant situated in Stevenson Street and is just a lovely friendly atmosphere. Tel 01631 563728
Crystal Palace - is a Chinese restaurant on George Street and cook with the freshest ingredients. Tel 01631 567467
Things to do around Oban
Day trips to Mull and Iona - Perhaps the best trip you can do out of Oban. Book the tour with Bowman's Tours. Tel 01631 566809
Depart on the 9.50am ferry from Oban, a 45 minute voyage across to Mull where coaches are waiting to drive you over the stunning scenery of Mull to Fionnphort where you catch the short ferry trip to lona. Explore the white beaches, the wonderful Abbey and soak up the beauty of the west coast. Alternatively you can take the ferry across with your car and self drive around Mull. Tobermory is a lovely little town in the north, or you can always drive yourself to Fionnphort and take the ferry to Iona. If you really just want to relax then just take the sail and don't get off the ferry, they have a bar and restaurant and fabulous views all the way. There are service buses that meet the ferries at Craignure to tke passengers to Tobermory or Fionnphort so if you like your independence then it's all set up for you to enjoy. Mull is a BIG island with slow roads, so don't bite off too much in one day!
Many will have heard of the dreadful "Massacre of Glencoe", where the Campbell's, under orders, attacked and wiped out the McDonalds of Glencoe. The scenery is beautiful, dramatic and haunting, well worth the drive. Take the A85 out of Oban, after 5 miles turn off onto the A828 over Connel bridge following the signs for Fort William. At Ballachulish follow the A82, signposted for Tyndrum. You drive past "The Three Sisters" mountains where the "hidden valley" is located, past the Buachaille Etive Mor (the Great Shepherd of Etive), and through the Rannoch Moor. At Tyndrum follow the A85 back to Oban to close the circle. If you are ready for something to eat or drink, try the Green Wellie, in Tyndrum. All homemade goodies, with a couple of fabulous shops to linger around and to spoil yourselves.
The Bridge over the Atlantic (only when the tide is in!), the abandoned slate quarries, and the boat trip to the small island of Easdale make this a wonderful day out. Follow the A876 south out of Oban. After 6 miles turn off onto the B844. PLEASE NOTE, this is a single track road with passing places, so take your time! (Any locals coming up behind you just let them past!) After 3 miles you come the Bridge over the Atlantic and the Tigh an Truish pub. Continue onto Balvicar where you turn right for Easdale. One of our favourites, with a slate museum that really captures the Islands history. You must try John C Taylors shop ....'Very interesting' is the best way to describe this unusual little gem! If you come back up to the main road and head south you will come across the standing stones of Kilmartin, the museum and beautiful church, well worth a visit.
Keep going south doing a circle heading for Inveraray. This must be the most picturesque town in Argyll. With The castle and grounds, the famous Jail and the Artic Penguin museum boat in the bay you will not be stuck for things to see and do. We often go to Inveraray to visit the George pub. This is a lovely "olde worlde" pub that serves the best food in really large portions.
Heading back towards Oban and coming to I A)chawe where you can visit the famous Inverawe smokery . There you can learn all about the traditional art of fish smoking. A lovely area with walks, fishing and restaurant.
Just a couple of miles outside of Oban in Dunbeg, is a lovely 13th century castle with a chapel in the grounds. Go exploring and find the small beaches. It's a lovely place.
Things to do in Oban.
Why not visit our local Whiskey Distillery on Stafford St. They do organised tours of the distillery with a wee nip of Oban malt Whiskey at the end of the tour, just to whet your appetite! Down to the Esplanade there is the Oban War and Peace Museum, where they show the surprisingly important part this little town played during WWII. Well worth a visit. Just along from the museum there is the Oban Chocolate shop ....need I say more?!
Feel like a cardio workout? Take a brisk walk up to McCaigs Tower up on the hill overlooking the town. A huge dramatic granite tower, with a view over Oban and Lorne like no other. Directions; From George St turn left up Craigard Rd. There is a foot path with a handy rail that takes you most of the way up. At the junction continue up Laurel Rd and you find yourself (out of breath) at the rear of the tower where there is a path to take you in. At this point you will notice the car park. If you don't want the walk....take your car!
We have a great little sport centre at Atlantis Leisure. Swimming, tennis, squash; sauna, gym... it's all there. They even have a great flume for the kids, big and little. Drive up Dunollie Rd and turn right on to Deanery Brea at the Kings Knoll Hotel, you will see the centre across the crossroad.
There are quite a few golf courses around Oban, but the biggest and best is at Giencruitten. A truly challenging 18 hole course. Drive through the town centre to Argyll square,(following directions for Lochgilphead) after 100 metres turn left onto Glencruitten Rd, the course is a mile along the road on the right.
Dunollie Castle is the name of the ruined castle along the road from us. It was built around the 15th century and was the seat of Clan MacDougall. The MacDougall's can trace their line right back to Somerled, a Viking who controlled large parts of the west coast of Scotland in the 12th century. The castle was lost to the MacDougall's when fighting against Robert the Bruce, but he returned it to them soon after. The castle was finally abandoned when the new house was built behind it around 1746. The castle is only a 5 minute walk past the War Memorial. The access is from a rusty iron gate at the roadside below the castle around the promontory it sits on. The path is steep and sometimes muddy so good footwear is required, but it is worth the effort. The views from the castle show just why it was built there, you can see all of the Firth of Lorne and right over to Mull.
Kerrera is the island you see directly in front of the hotel. The prominent obelisk you can see is called Hutchison's monument, put there to commemorate Mr Hutchison who started the first regular boat service to the islands. Kerrera is famous for Gylen castle which is also owned by the clan MacDougall and has just under gone restoration work. Near the castle is a quaint tea room (worth a visit). There are two ways of getting over to the island. If you walk around the bay to the first pier where Eeusk and Piazza restaurants are with their red roofs you will see a small slipway, the free ferry comes every hour on the hour and takes you into the marina. There is a lovely outside restaurant in the marina where you can eat alfresco and look back at Oban. The other way onto Kerrera is if you drive around the bay, passed the ferry terminal, and continue along Gallanach Road for about two miles. You will come across a small car park beside a slipway. Follow the instructions for summoning the ferry on the information board. Kerrera is about 5 miles long and 2 miles wide, so there is plenty of good walking to do!
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