Oban, the capital of North Argyll. Is a busy ferry and railway terminal (with a branch link to the West Highland Line) and a very popular tourist and family holiday/short break destination. It has a wide range of shops and supermarkets, banks etc., many excellent places to eat out, a cinema and Post Office. It is the ideal centre for exploring the beautiful scenery of North Argyll or to stop overnight if you are on your way to the islands. Ferries leave Oban for Islay, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Lismore, Barra and South Uist. Oban is also a busy fishing port, and a variety of ships can usually be found tied up to the town's two piers.

Oban is full of things to do and see. Make sure you visit McCaig's Tower, the replica of the Coliseum that is such a distinctive feature on the Oban skyline. The view across Oban Bay to Kerrera and Mull is unparalleled. Boat trips to Mull or to see the wildlife are available, and many superb day excursions by coach or ferry can be arranged. Visit the local tourist office for dates and times on arrival - you'll find it in an old church just around the corner from the railway station by the pier.

Oban is also known as the seafood capital of Scotland, and the fish and chips from one of the restaurants on or around the pier are the best in Scotland!

The Oban Distillery Visitor Centre in Stafford Street (near the North Pier) is open Monday to Friday all year round (Saturdays too from Easter to October) for guided tours. There's an audio visual exhibition and gift shop. Telephone 01631 572 004. The Oban War & Peace Museum on the North Pier is also worth a visit.

For families

Oban is a wonderful family holiday or short leisure break destination.  Columba Hotel in Oban is a family friendly hotel. Get our top recommended family attractions and days out in Oban

The Isle of Mull is a must visit and a short and very pleasant scenic, seal-spotting ferry trip from Oban - and is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. With an area of 875.35 square kilometres (337.97 sq. mi) Mull is the fourth largest Scottish island and the fourth largest island surrounding Great Britain. In the 2001 census the usual resident population of Mull was 2,667; in the summer this is supplemented by many tourists. Much of the population lives in Tobermory, the only burgh on the island until 1973, and its capital.

Tobermory is also home to Mull's only single malt Scotch whisky distillery, Tobermory (formerly Ledaig)

CBeebies' 'Balamory' is filmed in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.  Tobermory was chosen as the location because of it's brightly coloured houses, some of which are featured in the programme.  The orange house, where Spencer the Painter lives (in the show) wasn't always orange, but the real owner liked the new colour so he kept it!  'Pocket and Sweet' is, in real life, the Box Office for Mull Theatre and is only painted red during filming.  Afterwards, it goes back to being blue.

Iona is a very famous small island in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Mull. It was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. It is a popular tourist destination and a place for retreats, and really worth a visit.

Calmac Ferries
Discover some of Scotland's most beautiful islands in a day with a range of travel options from Oban including combined coach and ferry tours and non-landing cruises. Visit www.calmac.co.uk for great ideas, trips and timetables