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Oban (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay) is a busy fishing, ferry port and resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. It has a total resident population of 8,574(2011 Census). Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and during the tourist season the town can be crowded by up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.

Oban, which has been known  as "The Gateway to the Isles" and  more recently  as "The Seafood Capital of Scotland" offers a wide choice of activities, sight seeing and things to do. If you fancy a trip to Mull, Iona, Coll or Barra, Calmac ferries have it in hand www.calmac.co.uk

Please visit the following websites for lots of useful local information

www.oban.org.uk  ~  www.obantowndiary.co.uk

Things to Do in Oban

McCaig’s Tower

Climb up to McCaig's Tower to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the harbour and west to the islands.


Explore the historic castles of Dunollie, which is a 15 minute walk along the coast to the north of Corran House, or Dunstaffnage, which is a 10 minute drive outside Oban.

Enjoy a walk through the harbour town, along the coast or into the nearby mountains. For more information on local walks visit the Walking Wild website.

Whisky & Oban Distillery

Take a tour and discover one of Scotland’s finest whiskies at the Oban Distillery then visit Markie Dans bar, in the Basement of the Corran house to sample a few, which stocks over 100 different kinds of the best Scottish malt whisky. For more information about whisky visit the Malts website.


Enjoy a day on the Island of Kerrera only a short boat ride across from Oban bay and visit the tearoom and take a walk to Gylen castle


Meet the local wildlife with sea safaris, wildlife trips, the sealife centre, fishing or historic whaling boats. For more information on these activities see the links at the bottom of this page.

Golf Courses

Many of Scotlands finest Golf Courses are within an hours drive of the Corran House. Oban Golf Course is less than 10 minutes away.

Visit the Inner Hebridean Islands

Reputed as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ Oban offers frequent and regular ferry access to the islands. The 45 minute journey to the nearest Isle of Mull can be taken every two hours from 8am – 6pm. To find out about ferry timetables visit the Caledonian MacBrayne website.