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Gelatoburger

Oban's newest burger restaurant offers a variety of burgers and snacks for both meat lovers and veggies.
Love burgers and fries? Love gelato? Love breakfast? Oban's newest burger restaurant has the cure for those cravings! Gelatoburger, located in the former Kitchen Gardens on … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/gelatoburger/

Find an inspiring stay this Book Week

Get inspired this Book Week with a stay in a real thatched cottage on the shores of a beautiful loch.
You’ve read the book now visit the place that inspired the author. Scotland’s characterful cities, towns and villages, moody landscapes, intriguing history and colourful heritage … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/find-inspiring-stay-book-week/

Go green on your Oban holiday

Go green when you visit Oban & Lorn with one our fantastic Green Tourism certified businesses.
Going green on your travels has never been easier. From free water bottle refill stations and sensory gardens to a walkable town centre and available public transport, there are ma… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/go-green-your-oban-holiday/

West Coast Whisky & Gin Feis

Take a deep dive into the wonderful world of whisky at the West Coast Whisky & Gin Feis on 14 September 2019
Take a deep dive into the wonderful world of whisky at the West Coast Whisky & Gin Feis on 14 September 2019 at The View and sponsored by The Oban Whisky & Fine Wines shop.  Of… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/west-coast-whisky-gin-feis/

Tee Off in Oban

The historic home of golf, Scotland remains a place of pilgrimage for enthusiasts from around the world, so bring your clubs or rent them while visiting Oban & Lorn for a brilliant Scottish golfing experience!
With the recent spotlight on Oban's own Robert MacIntyre, who finished second in the European tour in Denmark, it's a great time to highlight the fantastic golfing opportunities i… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/tee-oban/

Oban Ready for West Highland Yachting Week 2019

2019 will make the 72nd year the event has been running and plans to be a wonderful week both on the water and ashore.
26th July to 2nd August 2019 2019 will make the 72nd year West Highland Yachting Week has been running and plans to be a wonderful week both on the water and ashore. As before … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/oban-ready-west-highland-yachting-week-2019/

Scottish Water unveils Top up Tap to provide free water in Oban

The Oban High School Pipe Band, along with local councillors and tourism officials, helped Scottish Water celebrate the opening of Scotland’s newest Top Up Tap, which will provide free hydration for visitors and locals while on the go.
The Oban High School Pipe Band, along with local councillors and tourism officials, helped Scottish Water celebrate the opening of Scotland’s newest Top Up Tap, which will provide… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/scottish-water-unveils-top-tap-provide-free-water-oban/

Cruise into 2019 with St Hilda Sea Adventures

Since Stone Age humans made their way here in skin-covered boats called curraghs, the seas off Scotland’s West Coast have been highways rather than barriers. Even today, one of the best ways to experience Oban & Lorn is from the water, and a cruise with S…
Since Stone Age humans made their way here in skin-covered boats called curraghs, the seas off Scotland’s West Coast have been highways rather than barriers. Even today, one of th… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/cruise-2019-st-hilda-sea-adventures/

Ring of Bright Water celebrates its 50th anniversary

The well-loved film, ‘Ring of Bright Water’ celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, so celebrate with a visit to the spectacular filming locations around Oban & Lorn
The well-loved film, ‘Ring of Bright Water’, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, which coincides with the 50thanniversary of Gavin Maxwell’s death; the author of the book and… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/ring-bright-water-celebrates-its-50th-anniversary/

Etive Restaurant ends incredibly successful first year on high note

Etive Restaurant ended their first year at Stevenson Street in Oban with yet another national award as they recently picked up the Rising Star Award for the Highland region from the Highland and Island Tourism awards 2018.
Etive Restaurant ended their first year at Stevenson Street in Oban with yet another national recognition as they picked up the Rising Star Award for the Highland region from the … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/etive-restaurant-ends-incredibly-successful-first-year-high-note/

Here comes Santa Claus...

Santa will ride into Oban in the Reindeer Parade on Saturday 17 November to kick off the 8th annual Winter Festival and switch on the lights.
The award winning Oban Winter Festival 2018 kicks off on Saturday 17 November, with the Christmas Lights ‘Switch On’ at 6pm in Station Square. Join Santa as he rides to Station Sq… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/here-comes-santa-claus/

Visitors to Oban will be able to tap into free water refill points

Oban will join 30 Scottish towns and cities over the next two years to encourage people to top up refillable bottles with our world-class drinking water.
Oban will join 30 Scottish towns and cities to encourage people to top up refillable bottles with our delicious, world-class drinking water. Scottish Water, which is leading th… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/visitors-oban-will-be-able-tap-free-water-refill-points/

Winter is Coming...the Oban Winter Festival That Is!

It may be summer, but the Oban Winter Festival 2018 team is already hard at work putting together a jam packed schedule of events with the theme "Shape the Future" in celebation of the Year of Young People.
Oban Winter Festival 2018 kicks off 16 November and runs through the 25th!  Back in 2011, a small group of locals decided that the start of winter was no time to hibernate indo… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/winter-coming-oban-winter-festival/

Fly Like an Eagle-Exploring Oban and Lorn from the Air with Fly Scenic Scotland

If you really want to take in the full glory of Oban’s stunning land and seascapes, 3,000 feet up in a Cessna 172 is a great way to do it.
There are many ways to explore Oban and Lorn and each of them have their own appeal. By foot, you can get up close and personal to the town’s many highlights, and by boat, you can… https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/fly-eagle-exploring-oban-and-lorn-air-fly-scenic-scotland/

National Picnic Week!

How are you celebrating National Picnic Week? Summer weather is here, so grab a snack, a cool drink and a blanket and head to one of our favourite Oban picnic spots!
National Picnic Week takes place this June across the UK, so grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to great outdoors for a good old fashioned picnic!  … https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/national-picnic-week1/

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival Celebrates 35 Years

The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival will have the whole town singing and dancing May 4-6 as performers from all over Scotland descend on Oban.
https://www.oban.org.uk/blog/highlands-and-islands-music-and-dance-festival-celebrates-35-years/

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Oban Blog

Apr
02
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Tourism
The Oban High School Pipe Band, along with local councillors and tourism officials, helped Scottish Water celebrate the opening of Scotland’s newest Top Up Tap, which will provide free hydration for visitors and locals while on the go.
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Apr
01
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Festival
Major Argyll music concert Oban Live has announced the shortlist of Scottish acts that have made it through to the final stage of its nationwide talent competition.
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Apr
01
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Tourism
Ben Cruachan Inn has achieved a Silver Award from Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world.
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Mar
18
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Oban is well known as The Seafood Capital of Scotland and The Gateway to the Isles, but this isn’t your grandmother’s Oban. There is so much more to discover here, where more than 5,000 years of history meets vibrant modern Gaelic culture- all against the backdrop of one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds.
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Mar
15
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Tourism
Oban artist Lora Macleod will host launch for her first EP at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls on 29 March at 7pm - 10pm.
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Mar
11
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Tourism
If you are lucky enough to visit Oban 27-29 March, don't miss the Lorn Drama Festival!
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Mar
07
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Outdoors
Start your 2019 sportive season with the action packed Oban Sportive.
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Mar
06
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Tourism
Love Oban Vouchers make fantastic gifts and are a great way to support local businesses, and from March 7 until March 16 you can buy them on sale for 10% off.
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Mar
06
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Tourism
The best way to explore Scotland while visiting Oban & Lorn is with a local guide on a private day tour, and one of Lorn’s most experienced private driver guides is Cameron Brownlee of Argyll Bespoke Car Tours.
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Feb
26
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Festival
Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music concert Oban Live has teamed up with leading salmon grower Scottish Sea Farms to give talented musicians the opportunity to win a stage slot at the rural stadium gig this June.
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Feb
07
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Festival
BID4Oban and Oban Live are inviting Oban businesses to get involved in the music concert’s Fringe Programme this year, running from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9. The Fringe Partners project comes as business improvement district group BID4Oban has confirmed it will back Oban Live for a fourth year running, providing key financial and administration support for the cultural event. At last year’s Oban Live Fringe, a number of Oban’s bars, cafes, shops and activity providers put on a range of events and special offers over Oban Live weekend. Oban Live ticket holders took advantage of added entertainment, including live music, in many pubs and cafes as well as special discounts in the town’s shops. Marketing of the 2019 Fringe Programme will be handled by Oban Live and BID4Oban and will include a dedicated Fringe web page on obanlive.com, social media push, email marketing and offline promotion in the town. Participating businesses will also be given an Oban Live Fringe Partner window sticker to display at their establishment during the weekend. Oban will host the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship on Friday June 7, the first day of the event, so Oban Live and the Oban Live Fringe will be an opportunity to give the overseas visitors an even more exciting experience of Oban. BID4Oban staff will be handing out Oban Live Fringe programmes as passengers disembark at North Pier Pontoons on June 7 as well as other information about Oban. Feedback from Oban Live 2018 suggested that there were not many places open for breakfast on the Sunday morning. Relevant local businesses have been invited to run “Oban Live Breakfast Specials” that the event can promote to ticket holders this year. It is free for businesses to submit an event or offer and become an Oban Live Fringe Partner and outlets can upload their Fringe details at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners. Fringe events must take place before and after Oban Live which runs 4pm until 11.30pm on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 to ensure that no-one misses out on the main event. Chief Executive for BID4Oban, Andrew Spence, said: “The Fringe is a fantastic opportunity to further encourage visitor spend in local businesses whilst complimenting the main event itself. The economic impact for Oban, as a result of visitors coming to the town for Oban Live, was £1.4 million last year and this is growing year-on-year.” He added: “The event’s year-round marketing activity helps put Oban on the map as a top cultural destination. With an increase in ticket sales and the award of Best Cultural Event at the 2018 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, Oban Live has proven itself to be an all round social, cultural and economic benefit for Oban and we are delighted to support it again in 2019.” Naomi Hoolahan, Event Director for Oban Live, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with BID4Oban and Oban’s business community and thank them once again for the financial grant and resource support, which, in our early days growing the event, is critical. Collaborative working is key when delivering a first class event and cultural experience for thousands of people, especially in a small area such as Oban. She added: “Thanks to all the businesses who took part last year and we look forward to receiving events and special offer ideas that we can add to our 2019 Fringe, which is improving every year. 60% of Oban Live’s audience come from outside of Argyll and Bute and so the Fringe is a great opportunity to show off everything Oban has to offer.” More information can be found at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners. Tickets are on sale now for Oban Live which takes place June 7 & 8 at Mossfield Stadium in Oban. It is the biggest outdoor live music concert in Argyll and enters its fourth year running in 2019. Last year’s attendance figures reached 8,027 and injected £1.4million into the local economy. Visit www.obanlive.com.
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Feb
01
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From a cosy winter bolthole to a seven course dinner and wine tasting, you and your sweetheart will find lots to love on a romantic getaway in Oban & Lorn!
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Jan
31
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Tourism
Since Stone Age humans made their way here in skin-covered boats called curraghs, the seas off Scotland’s West Coast have been highways rather than barriers. Even today, one of the best ways to experience Oban & Lorn is from the water, and a cruise with St Hilda Sea Adventures is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.
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Jan
14
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Food Event
The Robert Burns World Federation and The Scottish Federation of Meat Traders are delighted to celebrate 2019 as The Year of the Haggis
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Jan
01
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Tourism
The well-loved film, ‘Ring of Bright Water’ celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, so celebrate with a visit to the spectacular filming locations around Oban & Lorn
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