Whisky Experiences in Oban

A taste of Scotland's Whisky Coast

Home to the historic Oban Distillery, as well as numerous convivial whisky bars and shops, every whisky lover should visit Oban.

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Oban Distillery

Your first port of call should be Oban Distillery. Sitting at the heart of the town overlooking Oban Bay, it’s both one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and one of the smallest with just two pot stills.

Originally established in 1794, it underwent a refurbishment in the 1890s and there has been little change to the buildings since then.

Take a guided tour to discover the ancient craft of whisky production. You’ll learn about the processes that shape the unique taste of Oban malts and even get the chance to sample an Oban malt direct from the cask. And if you fancy trying a few more drams, Oban Distillery has its tasting bar where they also do very good whisky cocktails!

Tours run regularly throughout the day but do call to check availability.

Best whisky bars & specialist shops

Oban is a vibrant place, with bars galore. If you want to savour a dram or two of whisky in a local bar, then you’re spoilt for choice in Oban. Pull up a bar stool and enjoy a single malt served with a big slice of west coast bonhomie.

For expert advice and a huge range of single malts, drop into Oban Whisky & Fine Wines Shop on Stafford Street. There’s something for the whisky lover, connoisseur or collector alike. You’ll find rare and collectable whiskies, as well as single malts from most of the Scottish distilleries. The owners are passionate about whisky, to say the least, and will be more than happy to give you some tips and introduce you to the smaller, less well-known distilleries. For non-whisky fans, the shop stocks great local gins, wines and real ales.

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Distillery & Whisky Experiences

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Ben Cruachan Inn

The Ben Cruachan Inn, opened in April 2017, is a small hotel with a vibrant restaurant and bar. Our accommodation comprises of 5 hotel rooms and 5 studio apa...

PA33 1AQ

Tel: 01838 200880

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The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

Hidden away in the quiet village of Port Appin, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, surrounded by the spectacular raw beauty of the magnificent west coast of Scotl...

Port Appin
PA38 4DE

Tel: 01631 730 302

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Oban Distillery

For two centuries Oban’s bustling fishing village has sat on the frontier of the West Highlands and the Islands, the meeting place of land and sea. One of Sc...

Oban Distillery
Stafford St
PA34 5NH

Tel: 01631 572004

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Loch Melfort Hotel

Spectacularly located on the west coast of Scotland overlooking Asknish Bay, the 4 star Loch Melfort Hotel is a quiet and tranquil getaway, with the awe-insp...

Arduaine, by Oban
PA34 4XG

Tel: 01852 200233

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Aulay's Bar

8 Airds Place
Airds Crescent
PA34 5SQ

Tel: 01631 562596

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The Whisky Vaults Hotel

3 Tweeddale Street
PA34 5DD

Tel: 01631 566722

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The Wee Wine Shop

108 George Street
PA34 5NT

Tel: 01631 570427

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The View

34 George Street
PA34 5NL

Tel: 01631569599

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The Oban Inn

1 Stafford Street
PA34 5NJ

Tel: 01631 567441

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Perle Oban

Station Road
PA34 5RT

Tel: 01631 700301

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