8 Things to Do in Oban this Spring

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Spring is a fantastic time to explore Oban and its surrounding areas. The town comes to life after the long winter months with vibrant colours, blooming flowers, and a refreshing breeze from the sea. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or food lover, Oban has something for everyone to enjoy during this season. 

Here are 8 must-do activities to make the most of your visit to Oban this spring.


What’s there to do in Oban in Spring?

Oban is known for its perfect blend of nature, rich history, and delicious seafood, making it the perfect destination for a spring getaway. 

1. Explore Dunollie Castle and Grounds

Start your Oban adventure by exploring Dunollie Castle, Museum and Gardens. Situated on a hill overlooking Oban and its picturesque coastline, this ancient fortress offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Originally built for the powerful Clan MacDougall in the 12th and 15th centuries, traces of human activity on the castle grounds trace back as far as 8,000 years. Spend an afternoon wandering through the castle's historic woodland grounds, adorned with wildflowers and ancient trees, and immerse yourself in centuries of Scottish history.

Make sure to visit Dunollie Castle’s website for any upcoming events and family-friendly activities.

2. Visit Oban Distillery

No trip to Oban is complete without tasting its famous whisky. Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, one of Scotland's oldest sources of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Oban Distillery is just a short meander from the sea. Amongst Scotland’s smallest Scotch distilleries, each bottle of Oban whisky is crafted with the utmost care and dedication to craftsmanship. Learn more about the art of whisky-making and savour some of their finest spirits during a tasting session. 

3. Climb McCaig's Tower

A walk up to this prominent landmark overlooking the town needs to be part of every Oban visit. Originally built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, McCaig's Tower offers panoramic views of Oban Bay and the surrounding islands. The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon admiring the stunning views from this iconic vantage point.

4. Discover the Falls of Lora

What’s better than a day out in fresh spring air? If you’re seeking a nature escape during your time in Oban, you will enjoy a visit to the Falls of Lora. Situated six miles North East of Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, the falls are a truly mesmerising sight. Watch the powerful tidal rapids as the waters of Loch Etive surge through the narrow strait, creating a spectacle of swirling currents and cascading waves. They’re also a popular spot for kayakers and divers. 

Because the falls are tidal, they are not always flowing. Head to the Falls of Lora website for more information about tidal times to plan your visit accordingly.

5. Stroll Along Oban's Promenade

Oban is a bustling seaside town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll along Oban's picturesque promenade and soak in the Spring sun. Admire the colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, breathe in the salty sea air, and listen to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore. Stop by one of the waterfront cafes for a cup of freshly brewed coffee or indulge in some locally sourced seafood at one of Oban’s many restaurants. Make sure you catch one of Oban’s famous West Coast sunsets!

6. Explore Oban’s War & Peace Museum

If you’re a history buff – or are surprised by a Spring shower – head to Oban’s War & Peace museum to learn more about the interesting Highland history of the West Coast of Scotland. Housed within a former World War II command bunker, the museum contains several fascinating exhibits detailing the town's role during wartime, including displays of artefacts, photographs, and personal stories. Learn more about the fishing and maritime industries, the building of the iconic McCaig’s Tower and the strategic role played by Oban during the war years.

7. Take a Wildlife Tour

Oban is a world-class destination for spotting seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises plus minke whales, basking sharks and even the occasional orca. With spring being a prime season for wildlife sightings, you're sure to encounter some fascinating creatures during your time on the water. There are a number of experienced operators offering wildlife-watching boat trips as well as tours to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, one of the largest permanent whirlpools on earth.

For more information about available boat tours, visit our website here.

8. Enjoy Fresh Seafood

Also known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban is a must-visit destination for any seafood lover. With miles of glorious coastline, Oban is renowned for the seafood hauled fresh from its waters. And you’ll find a host of restaurants, pubs and hotels serving up this fabulous array of fish and shellfish in stunning coastal locations. From award-winning fine dining to family-friendly gastro pubs to the freshest fish and chips, there's something for all tastes and budgets. Discover some of Oban’s top seafood restaurants here.

Whether you're exploring ancient castles, savouring some of Scotland’s finest whisky, or embarking on wildlife adventures, there's no shortage of memorable experiences to discover in Oban this spring. Plan your trip via our website and make sure to book your accommodation directly to secure the best rates. Discover a variety of Oban accommodation here.