Oban is on the west coast of Scotland, directly across the water from the island Kerrera, beyond which lies the Isle of Mull. Not as well known as other tourist destinations in Scotland, it nevertheless has a hard core of fans who visit year upon year. Here are just some of the reasons why people love to visit this gem of a resort town, whose name means ‘little bay’.
The Royal National Mod
The Royal National Mod, or ‘the Mod’ as it is known locally, is held every six to eight years – it will next be held in 2015. There is a strong Gaelic culture in Oban and the Mod is a Gaelic festival celebrating literature, songs and arts. Daily competition winners are invited to join the céilidhs each evening.
There are several experienced and well organised sea kayaking operators who will happily guide you through this fantastic experience. Once you have gained confidence in handling your kayak you will be able to relax and admire the scenery in the form of tiny islands, picturesque villages and wildlife such as seals, otters, eagles and even whales. The west coast of Scotland has some breathtaking scenery and this is an ideal way to see it.
Just south of the town you will find Arduaine Gardens, a National Trust for Scotland site. Not only is there a fascinating array of beautifully arranged plants to admire but the Gardens are set overlooking the Sound of Jura, giving you plenty to look at whatever the season.
Oban is ideally located if you want to use it as a base to explore the further reaches of the west coast. Ferries operate from Oban and can take you for day trips to see whales and other wildlife, or over to Kerrera where you can spend a wonderfully peaceful day walking or cycling. Head a little further to reach the lush landscapes of Lismore or further still to the Isle of Mull and Iona.
Oban is a town where you can do as much or as little as you would like. Take it easy and enjoy the scenery and facilities in the town or travel further afield, the choice is yours. Enjoy your trip!