Host to an annual festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture, and known as the 'Gateway to the Isles', Oban is a vibrant seafront town with sweeping views some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes. Perched on the edge of the Firth of Lorn and shielded by the Isle of Kerrera, with the long, low slip of Lismore island to the north, Oban is an ideal base from which to embark on excursions round Scotland's charming islands. Fulmars soar and dip in the sea air, overlooking the ferries chugging and frothing through channels to Mull, Iona, Coll, Colonsay, Barra, and Tiree. The mountains of Morvern and Ardgour brood in the distance, and a gentle breeze bobs and taps among the fishing boats in the harbour. In high summer the town barely contains a burgeoning influx of visitors, and autumn and spring are the times to appreciate Oban's more peaceful personality.
Escape for a gulp of the sea breeze with today's Groupon: £99 for a two night stay for two with a bottle of wine on arrival and Scottish breakfast from The Oban Caledonian Hotel.
With the stone walls glowing gold against the black waters of the harbour, The Oban Caledonian Hotel casts an impressive profile of turrets and spires across Oban's central waterfront. The en suite rooms are designed along a nautical theme, many come with ocean views, and all are equipped with TV, hairdryer, hospitality tray, and free WiFi internet access. The Caledonian Café Bar serves informal fare al fresco beneath a white Victorian canopy, while the candlelit Restaurant Caledonian serves a seasonal menu to guests sitting in deep red-backed chairs.
The hotel is 300 yards from the harbour, from where guests may wish to catch a ferry to one of the islands, or organise an island hop around a few. As deserted beaches fade into windswept highlands, visitors might spot one of Mull's white-tailed eagles soaring over the heather covered hills, or perhaps see a curlew run in the slick wet sands at low tide. The more historically minded may prefer a trip to the medieval stronghold of Dunstaffnage Castle, seized by Robert the Bruce in 1309, and a trip to the Oban distillery could warm cold throats with a nip of one of the more unusual single malts.
Oban is well stocked with shops, pubs and restaurants, the hospital lies close by, and a police station is a short walk from the hotel.
Weather and Climate
1-7°C Sunshine, showers, and blustery sea breezes.
Flights: Low cost airlines operate flights to Glasgow from a number of airports across the UK.
Airport: Glasgow airport is roughly two hours by car from the hotel.
Trains: Trains from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban run daily and take roughly three hours.
Car Hire: A number of operators are available at the airport.
Groupon Top Tip
Take waterproofs, walking boots and a favourite scarf to guard against chilly sea breezes and make island exploration easy.