Seafood Capital of Scotland


Membership Opportunities and Subscription Fees

By becoming a member, you are supporting your local industry and the promotion of Oban and Lorn as a visitor destination. Your membership includes a full page advert on the Association's popular website (ranked no 1 on Google and all major search engines). Your membership also includes membership of Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative and through them, the Scottish Tourism Alliance. It also gives you access to a variety of other advertising opportunities including joint print advertising, webcam sponsorship and social media, YouTube and twitter accounts and access to our considerable database.

Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter reporting the latest on the Oban & Scottish tourism industry and member discounts/benefits are being expanded all the time from print and design to hotel accommodation in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For example, Ainsley Smith Accountants offer new clients who are OLTA members a 10% discount on accountancy fees - so you could easily save your membership fee many times over!

Membership rates are scaled according to the size of your business and include a full page web advert within the appropriate directory.  As a member you can also opt to take additional listings in alternative directories at a greatly discounted rate. If you are not sure which category your business should be in please contact OLTA. As a special promotional offer small independent retailers who are paying a BIDS levy in Oban can join OLTA for just £65 plus VAT.


Membership rates from 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019 (excluding VAT at 20%) are as follows:

Accommodation Provider:
     B&B/Guest House/Hostel up to 3 rooms: £155 
     B&B/Guest House/Hostel 4 - 19 rooms: £180
     B&B/Guest House/Hostel 20 plus rooms: £210
     Hotel up to 19 bedrooms: £180
     Hotel 20 plus bedrooms: £210
     Single self-catering property/Caravan/Pitch: £155
     Self-catering properties/Caravans/Pitches 2 - 15: £180
     Self-catering properties/Caravans/Pitches 15 plus: £210

Activity Provider: £180

Independent Business/Professional Service Provider: £155
National Retailer/Business/Professional Service Provider: £210
BIDS Levy Payer - Independent Retailer Scheme: £65

Restaurant/Cafe/Bistro under 50 covers: £180
Restaurant/Cafe/Bistro over 50 covers: £210
Public House: £180

Visitor Centre: £180

Non-marketing member - join as an Associate: £35

Additional Page in another directory or additional pages within the same directory: £65
(Please note, additional pages can only be purchased once you have a main membership listing.)

Membership runs from 1st September to 31st August. We are happy to offer staged payments if required and this should be discussed and agreed with our treasurer in advance. All members are encourage to pay via Direct Debit. We use Go Cardless to handle collection of our Direct Debit payments. Late payment of membership fees will result in a late payment fine and members whose listings are suspended will be asked to pay an additional fee for reinstatement. Please remember that OLTA is run by volunteers and all members are responsible for updating their own listing - although help will always be given by our webmasters - PolePosition and by committee members.

We are sympathetic to the needs of community organisations and charities and membership may be complimentary for such organisations so do get in touch. Serving directors are also eligible for free standard membership and we welcome expressions of interest from those willing to serve on the board.

Please note, all membership subscriptions include a thumbnail listing in the directory of your choice AND a full page advertisement. You can tag additional categories for search purposes and you can also take additional web page listings in other categories/directories at a discounted price of £65 plus VAT. Costs for enhanced 'feature' listings, banner ads and other sponsorship and marketing opportunities are available both free and paid are accessible through the members area. The members' area is a protected part of the site and you must log in to obtain access. From the members' area you will be able to upload photos, edit features, create or change your advert copy, list special offers and late availability and select themed promotions. You can manage multiple listings with one log in.

Membership log in details are provided on payment of your members' subs. If you wish to join please complete the online Membership Sign up Form on the next page.

Rates - valid from September 2017

Advertising Format

Annual Cost

Annual OLTA Marketing Membership: includes full advert within website, linking short form entry and 'thumbnail' photo. Access to Late Availability and Special Offer sections and participation in other OLTA marketing initiatives and themed promotions. OLTA is a member of Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative and we have links from Explore Argyll - the regional tourism website - back to our own directories. Membership also provides access to the Scottish Tourism Alliance.


from £65 per year (see above)

Annual OLTA Associate Membership: access to members benefits and e-newsletters. This subscription does not allow access to marketing.


'Enhanced' featured listings - top slot in your main directory (randomised but appears above other listings in the directory) contact us for details.

 B&B/Guest House - £200, Hotel - £300, Self-catering - £400, Eating-out - £200, Activity - £200, A N Other directory - £200

From £200 - £400 per year depending on web traffic

Banner ads - available throughout editorial and on directory listings - cost varies depending on traffic. Shared banner ads are also available from £150


From £200 to £2,000 per year

Themed promotions - these can be booked and paid for from your membership dashboard

up to £12 per promotion - we also offer free promotions from time to time.

VAT is applicable at the current rate.

For more information and to get involved please email