Head to Oban for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Scotland's Adventure Coast

Known as ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban offers the perfect blend of cosy accommodations, intimate dining experiences, and memorable activities surrounded by breathtaking scenery for your next romantic getaway. Its accessibility via train from Glasgow makes it the perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic escape whilst not travelling too far away from home. 

This blog shares a selection of top romantic accommodations, restaurants and activities in Oban.


Romantic Accommodation in Oban

Finding the right place to stay can set the tone for your romantic getaway. From cosy B&Bs to luxurious hotels and spacious self-catering cottages, Oban offers a variety of accommodation options that cater to different tastes and preferences. 

Luxury Hotels

For couples who enjoy luxury, No. 26 by the Sea is a great choice. The boutique hotel is located at the heart of Oban town, making it a great base for your adventures. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, indulge in luxury accommodation and relax at the elegantly decorated lounge whilst soaking in the sea views. During warmer months, the hotel’s Sea Terrace is a fantastic spot to enjoy Oban’s stunning sunsets whilst cuddling up in front of a firepit.

If you prefer to get a bit away from the crowds, Knipoch Hotel is the perfect place for your romantic retreat. With cosy rooms, classic dining, and panoramic views of Loch Feochan, Knipoch is a place to switch off and recharge your soul.

Cosy B&Bs and Guesthouses

If you prefer a more intimate and homely atmosphere, consider staying at one of Oban's charming bed and breakfasts. Greystones is a highly recommended option. This Victorian villa offers a mix of traditional elegance and modern comfort, with beautifully decorated rooms and a hearty Scottish breakfast to start your day. 

Another great choice is the Barriemore Guesthouse, located on Oban’s seafront. Wake up to tremendous views over Oban Bay and the surrounding Isles. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the local dolphins in the bay! 

Romantic Appartments & Cottages

Do you prefer the luxury of space and privacy? Oban has a wide selection of self-catering apartments and nearby cottages that are perfect for couples seeking to get away from it all. 

Katie’s Flat is a great choice in central Oban. The 4* one-bedroom apartment is situated in a quiet residential area, surrounded by views of the hills. An Artesian hot tub adds to the romantic atmosphere and you can even bring your four-legged friend with you on your romantic getaway. 

A bit further afield, you’ll find a selection of private cottages and chalets, such as Cologin Farm Lodges, The Blue Cottage at Loch Awe and Glenorchy Farm Luxury log Cabins. Head to our self-catering stay pages for more accommodations near Oban.

Romantic Restaurants in Oban

Is there anything more romantic than enjoying a delicious meal together whilst watching the sun set over Scotland’s West Coast? Oban is known as ‘Scotland’s Seafood Captial’, so you won’t be short on choice when it comes to romantic dinner spots.

The Pierhouse Hotel Restaurant

Hidden away in the quiet village of Port Appin, a short drive from Oban, The Pierhouse Hotel Restaurant is renowned for its fresh seafood and spectacular views. The candlelit tables and cosy setting make it an ideal spot for a romantic dinner. Be sure to try their signature dishes like the locally caught oysters or the mouth-watering seafood platter. Why not stay the night and wake up to incredible views over Loch Linnhe and towards the island of Lismore?

Cuan Mor

Located on Oban’s seafront esplanade, Cuan Mor offers a selection of delicious seafood dishes in a cosy pub atmosphere. The restaurant and bar have been creatively designed using only natural and reclaimed Scottish materials, such as Ballachulish slate and greenheart timber beams from the lighthouse pier. 


The family-run restaurant offers outstanding seafood in a luxury setting. The big glass windows offer uninterrupted views across the water to the islands of Kerrera, Lismore, and beyond, making Ee-Usk a perfect spot for a romantic sunset dinner. With ferries, fishing boats, yachts and more, coming and going throughout the day, and wildlife such as dolphins, seals and otters swimming around the North Pier, there is always something to see from your table at Ee-Usk. 

Romantic Things to Do in Oban

Whether you’re adventure seekers, whisky connoisseurs or history buffs, there’s plenty of choice to create unforgettable memories together during your time in Oban.

Head on a Boat Tour

What could be more romantic than a boat tour along Scotland’s West Coast? Oban is the hub for a wide selection of boat tour operators that offer various types of tours. Whether you’re heading out on a day-long wildlife tour with Basking Shark Scotland, a romantic sailing cruise with Stravaigin Sailing or a thrilling RIBs boat ride with Seafari Adventures, a boat trip in Oban is a must-do!

Step back in time

Scotland is famous for its historic castles, and Oban is no exception. Dunollie Castle & gardens near Oban town is a fantastic way to spend your day in Oban. Learn more about the fascinating Highland history, take a stroll through the extensive gardens and soak in the beautiful views over Oban Bay. Another fantastic option is a visit to Dunstaffnage Castle, the historic stronghold of the famous MacDougall clan. Strolling hand-in-hand through the ancient ruins, you can imagine the history and legends that these walls have witnessed. 

Go for a walk

For couples who love nature, Oban offers several picturesque walking and hiking trails. Head up to McCraig’s tower from Oban town to enjoy breathtaking views over Oban Bay whilst escaping the hustle and bustle of town. On a sunny day, a visit to Ganavan Sands is another fantastic option. Easily reached via public bus, you can enjoy a romantic day at the beach or head on the beautiful coastal walk along the shoreline. Lastly, a visit to the Isle of Kerrera is another fantastic option for outdoor lovers. Only a short ferry ride from Oban, the small isles can be explored by foot or bike. 

Enjoy a Whisky Tasting

No trip to Scotland’s West Coast would be complete without a whisky tasting! The Oban Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland, offers guided tours that include a tasting session of their finest whiskies. 

Visit the Isles

Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, making it a perfect base for day trips to nearby islands. The Isle of Mull, for example, makes for the perfect day trip. Only a short - and beautiful - ferry ride away, Mull offers beautiful landscapes, charming villages, and a great choice of walking trails. Couples can enjoy a scenic drive around the island, visit the colourful town of Tobermory, or take a leisurely walk along Mull’s tranquil beaches.

Make sure to pre-book your ferry tickets as they often sell out during the summer months. Not driving yourself? Head on a day trip with West Coast Tours and visit the Isles of Mull, Iona and Staffa with an expert guide. 

Oban is a fantastic destination for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some quality time together. Whether you're staying in a luxury hotel, dining at a seafood restaurant, or exploring scenic landscapes, you're sure to create lasting memories in Scotland’s Seafood Capital. Book directly to secure the best rates!