Oban is home to Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) and the harbour is always busy with activity as their ferries come and go. As a result, visiting cruise ships (unless they are small enough to tie up at North Pier) usually keep clear of the bay and anchor just off shore. For the majority, passengers will disembark by tender to the 'Oban Times' slip opposite the Regent Hotel (and the old Oban Times offices). This is just a short walk from North Pier where waiting coaches will take passengers on excursions to visit some of Argyll's key attractions, such as Arduaine Gardens and Inverawe Castle. Do check your shore excursion timetable and if you've time, an independent exploration of Oban will surely prove rewarding.
For those independent travellers who want to stretch their legs ashore Oban has some wonderful wee shops selling everything from handmade chocolates to kilts and jewellery and you can visit Oban Whisky Distillery, Dunollie House and Castle and McCaig's Tower. There may be fine dinining on offer aboard ship but sometimes it's good to get a change and 'eat like a local!' You're spoilt for choice with award winning restaurants and several seafood shacks on the pier serving the freshest shellfish you are ever likely to eat!
If you are ready for some real exercise the steep walk up to McCaig'sTower will reward you with a fantastic photo opportunity to capture an image of your ship which will be spectacular - even in poor weather. Of course we hope the sun shines when you visit, but remember there's a saying in these parts - 'if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes' - it's best described as changeable whatever the season.
Do download our map to find your way around town. You can walk up to the Tower from the slip (it is all uphill) and there are plenty of locals who will point you in the right direction. If you really haven't the puff then share a taxi with some fellow passengers - there's a taxi rank at the station - you can always walk back as that's downhill all the way!
The Oban Town Ambassadors do their best to meet and greet every cruise ship passenger and they will also have local maps and plenty of suggestions of things to see and do. Oban's Visitor Information Centre is also conveniently located just off North Pier and can help independent cruise ship passengers plan their visit to Oban and Lorn.
09/05/2016 Sea Explorer
16/05/2016 Sea Explorer
17/05/2016 Ocean Nova
25/05/2016 Le Boreal - at anchor
26/05/2016 L'Austral - at anchor
28/05/2016 Silver Explorer
01/06/2016 Serenissima - at Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) pier
08/06/2016 Le Boreal - at anchor
10/06/2016 Le Boreal - at anchor
17/06/2016 Sea Explorer
18/06/2016 Serenissima - NLB pier
06/07/2016 Serenissima - NLB pier
11/07/2016 Sea Explorer
16/07/2016 Minerva - at anchor
26/07/2016 Amadea - at anchor
11/08/2016 Seaborne Quest - at anchor
22/08/2016 Sea Explorer - at anchor
23/08/2016 Sea Explorer -
18/09/2016 Seaborne Sojourn
In addition to these ocean going ships the Lord of the Isles visits Oban on Thursday afternoons throughout the season. Hebridean Princess is also a regular visitor and there are several smaller cruise ships operators, such as The Majestic Line who embark passengers from Oban. Vessels of all types (commercial and pleasure) will find a wealth of useful information on Harbour facilities online at www.obanharbour.scot
*Please note, these visits are subject to last minute changes due to weather and operational issues.