Oban is one of the biggest towns on the west coast of Scotland. It's a major transport hub but still has a charming and small-town feel that makes it one of the top holiday destinations in Scotland
In Scot's Gaelic, Oban is called An t-Òban, which means The Little Bay. The sheltered harbour is always filled with fishing boats, yachts and ferries.
Known asThe Gateway to the Isles because of its excellent ferry links to the many islands of the Inner Hebrides, Oban is the start of many island-hopping itineraries. It's by far the best-connected town on the west coast with a railway station, multiple ferry routes and major roads heading north, east and south.
As well as being a stepping off point for longer trips to the Hebrides, Oban is a great base for day trips out to the islands.
Although some people pass through Oban quickly on their way out to the islands, it's worth staying and exploring for a day or two. There's plenty to do in Oban all year round and lots of beautiful scenery nearby.
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