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Oban -Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town and the Gateway to the Isles. Dominating the skyline is McCaig's Tower- high on a hill overlooking Oban Bay. Constructed by a banker John McCaig just over a hundred years ago. but never completed so what you see today are in fact only the outer walls Stunning views across to Mull and up the Sound to Lismore.

Oban Distillery nestling in the heart of the town a short walk from the North Pier. Take a guided Whisky Tour- sample the 14 year old malt. One of Scotland Oldest Distilleries, founded in 1794- indeed some historians say the town grew up around the Distillery. Stroll the Esplanade.

Places to See Scotland Castles. Dunstaffnage Castle, a few miles north of the town just off the A85 standing guard over the Firth of Lorn on West Coast. Built before 1275, with a massive curtain wall, captured by Robert the Bruce.

Dunollie Castle, those of you taking any of the ferries to the Islands might wonder what the ivy covered ruin is on the starboard side a few minutes after leaving the jetty? It is infact Dunollie Castle, reachable only by walking from town. Another prominent landmark passed by the ferry is Lismore Lighthouse, situated on a small rocky islet at the entrance to Loch Linnhe.

Barcaldine Castle restored from ruins by the Campbell family at the end of the 19th century.

Castle Stalker some 25 miles north of Oban in the A828, the road to Glencoe. Actually a tower house built in the early 14th century. Though in private hands (limited opening times and by appointment only), often featured in Scotland Holiday brochures because of its so beautiful location on a small island.

"Tour The Hollow Mountain" Cruachan Power Station Visitors are escorted by experienced guides on a bus trip into the heart of Ben Cruachan to see the machine hall. The heart of a pumped storage power scheme opened in 1965. One of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. On the A85 at Dalmally.

connel-bridge Oban Falls Lora Nearer to Oban at the seaward end of Loch Etive are the 'Falls of Lora' particularly impressive on spring tides when given favourable conditions a waterfall up to 3m high is formed a few hours after high water as the ebbing tide drops over a rocky ledge. Now spanned by the Connel Bridge, for hundreds of years a ferry crossing.

sea-food-crab Places to Eat Oban. You must try the green painted Shellfish Stall a short walk towards town from the Calmac Terminal for some best seafood I have ever eaten. From sandwiches to prawns and fresh cooked crab, oysters, mussels and scallops. Takeaway or grab one of the benches outside. Look for the queues.

lismore Other places to See. Pulpit Hill beside being the location of many Oban Bed and Breakfast is, like McCaig's Folly, well worth the climb for the views over Mull. Isle of Lismore is a small island in Loch Linhe, a short ferry ride from Oban. Feochan Mhor Smokehouse where they still smoke salmon , trout and shellfish in the traditional way, often to our own special recipes developed over many years.

oban-mull-ferry fingals-cave Ferries from Oban to Isle of Mull Ferry Caledonian Macbrayne (Calmac) run frequent services to Mull, Coll, Tiree, South Uist, Barra and Lismore. Catch the ferry to Craignure and take a day trip to Iona, visit Staffa and Fingals Cave.

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Royal Hotel  The hotel offers traditional Scottish hospitality within quality modern surroundings. Set in the heart of Oban, many rooms have sea views.Our restaurant offers a variety of Scottish dishes complimented with a fine selection of wines and our bar is stocked with a fine collection of malt whisky.Within reach of - Inverness - Fort William - Glencoe - Loch Lomond - Loch Linnhe - Ardnamurchan - Isle of Mull - Iona - Western Isles - Ben Nevis. Activites on the doorstep - Golf - Fishing

Caledonian Hotel Oban 3* Caledonian Hotel Oban 3*. Choose Obanís landmark building. Rising from the waters edge, the historic Oban Caledonian Hotel commands breathtaking views over the sheltered bay of Oban to the hills and islands of Scotlandís magnificent west coast. The gentle grandeur of this famous property has long extended a warmth of welcome to travellers where great adventures by ship, train or land begin and end. Now carefully refurbished under family ownership, this fine hotel offers stylish, contemporary comfort and service.

Loch Melfort Hotel 4*  nr Oban. "The finest location on the west coast of Scotland". Award winning hotel and restaurant at the water's edge with spectacular views down the Sound of Jura to the islands of Scarba, Shuna, Jura and Islay. All bedrooms are en suite and have sea views, most with either a balcony or patio.

Swallow Queens Hotel  With fantastic views over the Bay, the Swallow Queens Hotel is the perfect place for a quiet weekend away. If you are a little more adventurous, there are plenty of activities around and about, such as mountain biking, scuba diving, fishing, hill walking and plenty more

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