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On the wild west coast of Scotland lies this pretty port, named ‘The Little Bay’ in Scottish Gaelic. The waterfront is backdropped by handsome buildings that hint at the town’s fascinating past and its fishing heritage, and when you explore a little further you’ll find there’s much more to discover. 

 

Fancy a wee dram? Enjoy a tour of the whisky distillery in the heart of town and taste the single malts made to age-old recipes. For an adventure on the water, try sea kayaking or go in search of playful dolphins.

 

Walk up Battery Hill to the circular 19th-century McCaig's Tower – which seems to sit on top of Oban like a granite crown – and soak up stunning views across the town and out to sea. And if you’re keen to take on a more challenging hike, there are numerous routes in the area that tackle the Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet high). What better way to work up an appetite before sampling the local fish dishes that have earned Oban the nickname, Seafood Capital of Scotland?