The town of Oban, the second largest town in Argyll, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. It is the largest ferry port on the West Coast of Scotland, serving Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides (Western Isles).
Oban itself has much to offer including a whisky distillery, 18 hole golf course, whale, dolphin and seal watching trips, a sports centre, diving and sea kayak centres. As the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban has an excellent range of restaurants many of which serve freshly caught fish. There are beautiful local walks within the town taking in the surrounding countryside, waterfront and town highlights such as McCaig’s Tower which was modelled on Rome’s Coliseum and dominates the skyline – it’s worth the climb up the hill to enjoy the view.
Oban and the surrounding area offers many children’s attractions if you are planning a family holiday. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, just up the road from Oban is a good place for children to learn about local sea life and enjoy the seals’ feeding time! There is also Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park which includes apart from a chance to see many rare breeds, a children’s interactive pets’ corner, a woodland walk as well as a tea room.
Loch Etive Cruises are also worth a visit as they sail round this stunningly beautiful sea loch, which extends to the mountains of Glencoe so that you can enjoy birdwatching as well as keeping and eye out for sea life.
Other attractions close to Oban include the Cruachan Power Station and Visitor Centre and numerous forest walks and cycle routes. For the more adventurous the famous Glen Coe and its many Munroes are not too far away.
Argyll is a truly remarkable area in which to spend time exploring the magnificent scenery and offshore islands of Scotland. Take a self-catering holiday cottage for a break and enjoy all this area has to offer. The Gulf Stream means the area enjoys warm winters and lush sub-tropical scenery. In the summer months visitors can enjoy the area’s spectacular gardens, which are home to many exotic plants, some of which were brought back to Scotland by Victorian Botanists.
Oban and the surrounding area are a truly great destination for a short-break, which the whole family can enjoy at any time of the year. The choice of holiday cottages is also as diverse as the attractions Oban has to offer, which make it a must for any family wishing to explore this part of Scotland.