Oban, Scotland

(Above image shows the town centre viewed from the harbour.)

This evening, I am posting information on the popular town of Oban which is located on the west coast of Scotland, about 100 miles N.W. of Glasgow.

Oban has a population of 8500 and can be accessed via road or rail.There is a  small airport situated 5 miles N.E. of the town which services local islands.

Many visitors use Oban as a transit point en-route, via ferry, to/from the nearby islands of Mull and Iona.

View of harbour and ferries from McCaig's Monument.

More information on Oban:
  • The name evolved from Old Norse (Viking) into Gaelic and means 'little bay of Lorne'.
  • Two castles are located in close proximity: Dunstaffnage and Dunollie.
  • At top of the cliff overlooking Oban Harbour can be found McCaig's Monument, a 19th century folly modelled on the Coliseum in Rome.
  • In the town centre can be found Oban Distillery, which has been producing whisky since 1794.
  • Seals can be viewed via boat trips from the harbour.
  • During summer evenings it is often possible to watch Oban High School Pipe Band perform at the harbour.
  • Locally sourced sea food can be obtained from outlets on the harbour.
  • The town is home to a wide range of lodgings.
 Dunstaffnage Castle

Oban High School Pipe Band

 Seafood bar on waterfront

Oban waterfront overlooked by McCaig's Monument

Oban Distillery

Dunollie Castle

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