When you arrive in Oban by car or bus via the “Bealach an Righ”, or the Kings Road, the first thing you might notice, other than the spectacular view over the bay, is Oban’s iconic yellow hotel that takes its name from that very road.
At Kings Knoll Hotel, old world charm meets contemporary style, and while this historic converted manse has served Oban’s visitors for 60 years, it has been transformed into a modern and comfortable accommodation that oozes both character and convenience.
Co owner Tom Hayward, an Oban native since the age of one, has been a hospitality professional since he studied hotel management at Clydebank College, and worked his way up from a kitchen assistant to head chef to taking over Kings Knoll two years ago, after managing the hotel for six years.
There is nothing more he enjoys than welcoming guests from all over the world and helping them get the most out of their visit to Oban.
Stylish and comfy rooms with all the amenities
“My favourite aspect of running Kings Knoll is recommending other locally owned businesses, particularly boat trips and any of the locally owned cafes,’ he shared.
You can get most anywhere in the town centre within a five-minute walk, so you can leave your car in the free guest parking and explore Oban on foot.
“Kings Knoll is located close enough to the town centre to be handy, but far enough away to miss the noise that comes from a central location,” said Tom.
In addition to their 15 en suite rooms, this adult only hotel features chic and comfy lounge areas and a friendly bar, stocked with wines, spirits and a carefully selected choice of single malt whiskies, for relaxing with a wee dram.
You can watch the boats coming in and out of the bay from the patio and relish a delicious snack or bar meal using local produce.
The dining area
“Non residents are definitely welcome at our bar,” Tom said. “Kings Knoll is not a stuffy hotel. And as I say, tongue in cheek, it is Oban’s top whisky bar- on elevation anyways!”
And while he is living his dream, life at Kings Knoll always keeps Tom on his toes, such as when a guest arrived for a February break.
They cut the stay short,” he said with an ironic grin, “as they had come for a spot of winter sun.”
Find out more and book you summer stay in Oban at Kings Knoll Hotel by visiting https://kingsknolloban.co.uk