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West Coast 200
The Route

Oban

No.18 on the route

The town of Oban is considered the ‘gateway to the isles’, and there is plenty to see and do here. Oban, also known as An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic which means ‘little bay’. Here, you can enjoy beautiful views across the horseshoe-shaped bay and visit some historic attractions too.

In Oban, you can find Dunollie Castle, which is a ruined castle at the entrance to the bay of Oban. There has been a fort or fortress in this place since the Bronze Age thanks to its strategic and beautiful location. If you’re after more history, then Dunstaffnage Castle is also close by, surrounded on three sides by the sea it is believed that the Jacobite Flora MacDonald was held here as prisoner.

Oban

Oban is also a gastronomic delight for foodies as it is known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ with many award-winning restaurants and some of the freshest seafood on offer. With all the food on offer, you need something to wash it down with. Well, look no further than the Oban Distillery. At the distillery, you can learn more about the art of making whisky and enjoy a wee dram of two of the Oban 14-year-old single malt whisky.

Oban really does have something for everyone, and with plenty of hotels and accommodation options it makes a great place to stop for a night or two. If you want to extend your trip here, you can take the ferry from Oban to Mull and other islands of the Outer Hebrides.