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.