Visitors to the Oban Port in Scotland are in for a treat. This small resort town within the Firth of Lorn sits on the horseshoe-shaped Oban Bay. Known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland, Oban boasts high-quality fresh seafood in all of its eateries. It also offers excellent shopping opportunities, water sports, hiking, and varied cultural attractions to keep visitors to its shores entertained. The Oban cruise port hosts many cruise ships, with passengers eager to explore the area. The Oban cruise terminal isn't too far from the downtown area, and many transportation options await you.
Plenty of shops abound to help you enjoy your Oban port of call. George Street is the main shopping area, leading down to Argyll Square which is also lined with several shops and cafes. For walnut carvings, furniture and pashminas, stop in at Bolliwood on Albany Street. Shops like the Kitchen Garden on George Street specialize in deli meats, baked goods, coffee, gourmet foods, fine wines and fresh Scottish produce. The Iona Shop offers Scottish jewelry and gifts, ranging from Shetland wedding rings and brooches to spoons and crosses.
Stroll along George and surrounding streets to experience the full charm of Oban and all it has offer in the way of hand crafted goods, crafts, carvings, and jewelry.
Things to See
Oban has plenty to offers its visitors, no matter what time of year it is. If you enjoy Scotch whiskey, take a tour of the Oban Distillery, Scotland's oldest manufacturer of single malt scotch whiskey, located on Stafford Street. You'll get a sample at the end and an opportunity to purchase a bottle or two. Oban and surrounding Argyll boast many beautiful gardens such as Arduaine Gardens on the west coast, overseen by the National Trust for Scotland.
Hiking trails exist all over the area, providing spectacular views of the bay and mountains. Ben Lora, for instance, is located just a few miles north of Oban, overlooking Ardmucknish Bay. It's quick, too, only taking about two hours to complete the trail. More difficult hills include the likes of Glencoe, Ben Nevis and the Mamores. Oban is a center of eco-tourism, offering a wide range of wild life and natural history. At the Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation just South of Oban, you'll find a center for all sorts of marine species, from whales and dolphins to sharks and seabirds.
Restaurants and Bars
As mentioned earlier, Oban is known for its outstanding fresh seafood. You can get a taste of this at places like Ee-usk on the water's edge, offering views of the bay and hills. This modern stylish restaurant serves up dishes like salmon mornay, mussels and chips, wild halibut, king scallops and Thai fishcakes. To relax with a beer or two, try Aulay's Bar, a local favorite situated in the town's center. Eat and drink amidst a casual atmosphere featuring maritime prints showcasing Oban's seafaring history.
When stopping at Oban on your cruise itinerary, be sure to fully get to know this quaint yet modern Scottish community, with its natural beauties and recreational options.