Marine tourism is big business in Oban and Lorn - which is not surprising considering the beauty of our coastline, idyllic island anchorages and inshore coastal sailing which will give plenty to challenge you and much to enjoy.
There are many companies offering eco-tours and alongside the traditional big boat trips out from the Esplanade to the Seal colonies just beyond the bay, visitors can now opt for more adventurous trips to see whales, dolphins and marine birds - if you are so inclined you can even go swimming with basking sharks! Kayaking is also available and again there is a wide range to satisfy everyone from beginner to experienced paddler. Oban is the start (or finish) to the Argyll Sea Kayak trail and the town hosts the Kerrera Sea Kayak race each year attracting competitors from all over the UK and abroad.
Sailing has a great history in Oban - the venerable West Highland Yacht Club is now a hotel on the Esplanade and the Oban Sailing club has regular regattas throughout the year for keel boats and dinghies.
The creation of a walk ashore facility has been long overdue in the bay and once opened it will be much easier to disembark passengers from the new pontoons beside North Pier. Cruise ship tenders will also be able to use the facility as the pontoons will have an on-shore Welcome Centre.. An innovative collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland will also provide a digital welcome as vessels pass by the marker buoys to the new pontoon as hard working Oban Ambassadors can't be there to meet every visitor that arrives by boat.
The transit marina will provide berthing for a maximum of three days - plenty of time to explore the delights of Oban town centre, change crews, enjoy a night or two in a comfy bed ashore or simply relax and watch the world go by. There is a wonderful Marina offering longer stays just across the water on the lovely wee island of Kerrera and the expectation is that yachts will come back and book in for a few weeks or a full summer season so they can explore the Argyll cruising grounds at their leisure. Oban's transport connections by train to Glasgow and by road to the central belt, and even by air to the islands (and beyond) makes it a transport hub which can't be matched elsewhere in the county - perfect for passengers.