Accommodation in Oban

Oban is a small town with a population of around 8,000 located on the west coast of the Argyll & Bute region of Scotland. While it acts as a major ferry port – connections are available here to the Western Isles, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Lismore, and the Isle of Mull – it is also a popular tourist destination in it’s own right, being historically a resort town. This popularity is maintained today, and in the summer months it’s not unusual for the town’s population to triple in size.

In terms of tourist attractions, Oban boasts among other things a whisky distillery, Sea Life sanctuary, the castles of Dunollie and Dunstaffnage, and the famous McCaig’s Tower – the latter being something of a famous Scottish Landmark.

What then can the Oban tourist expect in terms of accommodation, and what’s the best way of getting there?

Budget

Among the cheaper accommodation in Oban recommended by guests is the Invercloy Guest House. This is a small room-only hotel (i.e. breakfast is not served), but this serves to keep prices low. Guests have noted that rooms are clean with comfortable beds and the hotel itself is in a great location.

Blair Villa B&B is also keenly priced and is situated just ten minutes walk from the town centre. All rooms are en-suite and include tea & coffee making facilities.

Meanwhile Lagganbeg Guesthouse is conveniently located in the centre of town, and guests have noted the good quality of the breakfast, good en-suite facilities and comfortable rooms.

Mid-Range

Moving up the scale a bit, the Queens Hotel is located just outside the town centre. It’s family-friendly and guests have praised the great service on offer as well as it’s excellent bar. The Queens also boasts a Jacuzzi, free wi-fi, and cable / satellite channels in all rooms.

The Manor House Hotel is a lovingly restored hotel boasting superb views over Oban Bay. Guests note the comfort of the rooms and the beds, as well as the overall excellent quality of service.

Located a couple of miles to the north of Oban in the village of Connell is the Oyster Inn. This 4 star hotel includes leisure facilities such as tennis and squash courts, a golf course and access to horse riding. It has its own on-site restaurant, which has been praised by guests for the quality of it’s dining, and the overall level of service and the excellent bar are also noted plus points.

Luxury

Located in the picturesque village of Benderloch, around 4 miles north of the town, the 5 star Isle of Eriska Hotel is probably the most luxurious accommodation in the area. It’s situated in a 300 acre estate and includes a range of luxurious rooms, suites and cottages. Other features include a spa with swimming pool, golf course and tennis courts, and an award winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant.

Travelling to Oban

Oban is relatively easy to get to. By road it links up via Tyndrum to the A82 route to Glasgow. It also has it’s own railway station, with daily services to and from Glasgow Queen Street station.

As mentioned earlier Oban is the main destination for travelling onwards to the Western Isles and a number of other Scottish islands by ferry. However the town now also has scheduled air services between it’s nearby airport and the islands of Coll, Colonsay, Islay and Tiree.

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