Five top things to do in Oban, Scotland
Oban is a sparkling gem on Scotland's West Coast. Created by fire and ice. Set amongst heather, fern, lochs and beaches. Polished by the rain, surf and countless generations of nice folk who have lived and visited here. Cave people. Picts. Gaels. Vikings. Victorians. All have left their mark. But it is not a place frozen in time.
Oban makes the perfect base for your Scotland holiday. You can take a short drive, ride, sail, paddle, hike, cycle or stroll in any direction to find adventure. From wild islands and majestic mountains to iconic castles and enigmatic stone circles. Or just stay put, relax and soak up the tranquil west coast vibe- along with a breathtaking sunset or the Northern lights.
We've put together a list of our top things to do in Oban, so you won't miss either the highlights or the hidden gems.
Take an Oban Walking Tour with Imagine Alba
Scottish Tourist Guides Association certified & insured guide, Michelle, is an expert on Oban's history and culture and loves meeting her guests from all over the globe. You'll find out about the town's fascinating past going back 8,000 years, as well as how the locals face the challenges of living in this unique part of the world. This is a fun, casual tour, catered to your pace, and it sets you up for the rest of your visit.
Tour Oban Distillery
The Oban Distillery – one of the oldest and smallest distilleries in Scotland – has been making fine single malt whisky in the heart of Oban since 1794. A visit to Oban isn't complete without a tour, which finishes with a dram. Made by a small team of artisans, the whisky is distilled in tiny lantern-shaped copper pot stills, which are among the smallest in Scotland. In fact, the stills are so small they need to rest between each batch so the copper can recuperate.
Visit Dunstaffnage Castle
Just north of Oban and seaward of the mouth of Loch Etive is 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle, built on an ancient stronghold of the kingdom of Dál Riata. Dunstaffnage Castle is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, built by the powerful Clan MacDougall, Lords of Lorn and held since the 15th century by Clan Campbell. There is an exhibition and gift shop on site, and wonderful views over the Firth of Lorn.
Learn about the past at the Oban War & Peace Museum
Don't miss a tour of the Oban War & Peace Museum, where a captivating collection of artefacts and photographs depicts the rich heritage of this busy port town. Learn about its important role in WWII and meet local veterans, who volunteer as members of "The Watch".
Watch the sunset from McCaig's Tower
This Victorian folly is the crowning glory of Oban, looking like the Roman Colosseum looming over the town. Built on Battery Hill, the highest point of Oban, you can't beat the views over the bay and islands. The climb up is definitely worth it, or take a taxi up- It's the ideal spot to watch Oban's stunning sunsets!
Looking for things to do in Oban? Our suggestions will help you plan your visit!
Our escorted walking tour in Oban is a wonderful way to see this lovely seaside town if you're visiting Argyll. Gain insider information, advice, and ideas from your local guide to get a sense of the area. Since we go at your pace and each trip is private, you can ask as many questions as you wish. Reserve your Oban walking tour today!