Travelling to Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, is a joy. Around three hours by car, coach or train from Glasgow or Edinburgh and less than 2 hours from Stirling, the scenic journey is a memorable part of a visit to this bustling sea side town.
Oban is easily reached from Central Scotland by taking the A82 which skirts the west side of Loch Lomond. Then either via Tyndrum or follow the A83 over the 'Rest and be Thankful' through Inveraray. Both journeys take between 2 and 3 hours, although you may be tempted to stop several times to admire the scenery.
If you come by train, the journey takes you along the world-famous West Highland Line. ScotRail runs trains six times a day from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Oban (two on Sunday). For times and prices visit the Scotrail site. You can also phone National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website, and they have a good app for smart phones. During the main season the Caledonian Sleeper service offers a FREE coach connection between Crianlarich and Oban station so you can leave Euston, London at 9.15pm and be in Oban before 9am the next day! The sleeper service from Crianlarich also connects with the Oban/Glasgow Scotrail service at times when the Oban coach connection is not on offer.
Flying to Glasgow or Edinburgh is easy. Both airports are served by all the major, and many of the minor, UK airlines. This provides plenty of flights to choose from with bargain rates. In addition to being busy domestic airports both Glasgow and Edinburgh receive daily scheduled flights from Europe. Glasgow also boasts direct flights to and from the United States and from Dubai.You can also fly to Oban directly by private charter flight to Oban Airport at North Connel.
Car hire is available from the international airports, Rhinocarhire.com offer a guest discount for OLTA accommodation members, so be sure to ask for your discount code.
Oban is a busy ferry port with regular ferries to and from the islands of Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Lismore, Barra and South Uist. Many of these ferries also link up with other islands. For more information about the ferries you can visit the Calmac website.
Many cruise liners also come to Oban and leisure sailors can use the short stay transit marina for easy step-ashore access into the town centre.
Once in Oban, hire a car or bicycle or use taxis or buses to get around. Speak to one of Oban's Town Ambassadors for information - they try to meet every cruise ship passenger tender.
Oban is on Route 78 of the National Cycle Network which goes up to Fort William and down to Campbeltown. Visit the Sustrans website for more information.