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West Highland Yachting Week 2018 in the Books

All weathers and breezes but great sailing at this year’s West Highland Yachting Week!
Alison from WHYW sends us this exciting report of the 2018 races! A mix of all weathers made for a variety of exciting sailing for this year’s West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW…

Set Sail for the Great Oban Bay Raft Race!

Oban & Lorn Lions Club sponsors the popular annual Oban Raft Race for charity.
How do you fancy grabbing your best mates to construct a raft out of everyday materials and then sail it in Oban Bay for the chance at prizes? That’s right, it’s almost time fo…

Future of Our Seas

The Future of Our Seas comes to Oban! Look for a large dome with pictures of sea creatures all over it at Station Square and join in this interactive event sponsored by the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Marine scientists, including PhD students from SAMS, have worked with artists, designers and DJs to devise creative methods of explaining their science, including interactive exhi…

Swim with the Sharks!

The pristine waters off Oban's west coast are perfect for swimming with Basking Sharks; read on and find out the best time of year to see and interact with these gentle giants.

Oban's Transit Marina is one STEP closer!

It's taken a while but the breakwaters are finally in and the short-stay transit marina will be ready to welcome ashore water-borne visitors later this summer.

Coastal Connection

Twins Cameron and Struan and their fleet of Redbay RIBS are a familiar site in Oban Bay. The boys run Coastal Connection a marine tourism member of OLTA offering wildlife and scenic trips, private hire charters and emergency transport for missed or cance…

The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Get paddling along this wonderful waymarked kayak route hugging Argyll's coastline from Oban to Helensburgh.

The Blog's back with a focus on Marine Tourism

The blog is back and its bigger and better than ever! We're broadening our subject matter and will blog about everything tourism related in Oban and Lorn so watch this space.

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Welcome to Oban - the Seafood Capital of Scotland!

If you are planning a visit to Oban and Lorn on Scotland's west coast, this is the site for you. The Oban & Lorn Tourism Alliance Ltd has put together information on the scenery, landscapes and seascapes and the numerous activities that can be enjoyed in the ancient district of Lorn in the historic country of Argyll.

There are also accommodation lists for hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self catering properties in and around Oban as well as a wealth of information on places to eat, attractions and local shops and services. These directories can also be found within the Oban and Lorn sections of the regional tourism website Explore Argyll should you require information on the whole area.

We love Oban and we hope you will too!


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Ho Ho Holidays are Coming with the Oban Winter Festival! 

Now in its 8th year, the award winning Oban Winter Festival has grown to accommodate an extensive programme of events aimed at people of all ages. It is a ten day celebration of Oban's unique culture and community with street parades, reindeer, international and local performing acts, fire art, pipers, lantern parades and family fun.

Held 16 to 25 November, the town will get frosty with loads of activities, films and light shows to celebrate the fluffy white season that carries the year to a close. There's even a chance Santa might stop by, when he gets a break from all that present preparation!


The theme for this year’s festival in the Year of Young People is "Shape the Future", and once again the extended programme will include St Andrew’s Day events. In celebration of this important national date, a Scottish Food & Craft Market, Haggis Festival, Whisky Festival, clootie dumpling competition,  ceilidh, and a Tartan Dash will also form part of the festivities.

Festival action takes place mainly in the centre of town and getting from place to place is very easy. Discover the great shopping, bars and restaurants that make this town tick, take a tour of the local distillery and sample local malts, or enjoy a relaxing coffee in one of our many cafes while soaking up the beautiful view of the bay.

We look forward to welcoming you for the Oban Winter Festival! For more information visit