What's on Oban, Lorn & the Isles

From events and festivals to local gatherings

Oban, Lorn & the Isles has hundreds of things to see, do and explore. From pristine beaches and historic castles, to atmospheric woodland walks and adrenaline-pumping watersports, there's plenty for everyone to get involved in and enjoy.

Oban celebrates all things sailing with a busy season of events such as famous West Highland Yachting Week.

Pick and choose what takes your fancy whether you are here on holiday, a short break or travelling around Scotland. That’s the best part - it's all within easy reach so there’s no excuse for you not to enjoy Scotland’s adventure coast.

These suggestions are not just for visitors - if you're lucky enough to call this region home, then these ideas are for you too!

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Featured events

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
12th - 21st July 2024

For the first time in its 27-year history, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will be making its penultimate stop in Scotland when it arrives in Oban on 12th July 2024.

The Clipper Race is renowned as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet, welcoming adventurers from all walks of life to take on the exceptional challenge of racing across the world’s oceans on board a 70ft yacht. This unique event sees teams battle extreme conditions on its eleven-month circumnavigation. The Clipper 2023-24 Race sees nine Scottish crew taking part over the eight legs of the sailing event, by the time teams arrive in Oban they will have sailed almost 40,000nm and crossed six oceans.

Follow the yachts progress here.

See the programme of events here.

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The Royal National Mòd
11th -19th October 2024

The Royal National Mòd – Scotland’s premiere celebration of Gaelic language, culture and heritage – returns to Oban and Argyll in 2024.

Thousands of competitors and attendees will be welcomed to the town to take part in over 200 planned competitions and a diverse fringe programme of concerts, exhibitions, children’s activities, talks and more from 11-19 October 2024.

The Mòd an Òbain Local Organising Committee, alongside BID4Oban, The Rockfield Centre and An Comunn Gàidhealach will be working throughout the year to prepare a Mòd fringe programme that showcases the very best of what Oban, Argyll and the wider Gaelic community has to offer.

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What's on

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Dance
Scottish Ceilidh Nights
9 dates between 01 Jul 2024 and 29 Jul 2024

We run regular ceilidh dancing, giving our dancers a true insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Our expert guides will talk you through t...

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Whisky Tasting
Every day between 01 Jul 2024 and 31 Jul 2024

Experience the rich and complex flavours of Scotland's most beloved whiskies. Our expert host will guide you through the history and stories behind each dram...

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Music
Clareoke
4 dates between 05 Jul 2024 and 26 Jul 2024

A fun filled night with karaoke. Every Friday night from 9 till late:) talented or just like to sing..we want to hear you and if your around in January we ha...

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Kids
Story Time at Waterstones Oban
4 dates between 06 Jul 2024 and 27 Jul 2024

Join us every second Saturday for story time, every second Saturday will have a new theme with brilliant stories to share, we can't wait to welcome you and y...

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The Vintage Explosion
12 Jul 2024

Catch this chance to see viral sensations The Vintage Explosion. You will be transported back in time for a night of authentic rock n roll, swing and rhythm...

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Tasting evening at WildLuing with Ooshka Bar
13 Jul 2024

Coming to the Island of Luing this year is a very exciting new event. A Whisky and Gin tasting evening! A perfect summer evening on Luing Island. WildLuing a...

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Taasting evening with Ooshka Bar at WildLuing
13 Jul 2024

Hosted by local businesses Ooshka Bar and WildLuing.

West Coast tipples

Local produce grazing platters

Book a WildSuite or still be in time for the last...

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RYA Scotland Coastal Beach Clean Up
14 Jul 2024

We love and use our beautiful Scottish coastline. But, we also recognise that keeping these spaces litter free can pose a challenge – particularly in remote...

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Talks & Lectures
Blasad Gàidhlig - Gaelic Taster Session
17 Jul 2024, 18 Jul 2024, 19 Jul 2024

A fun, lighthearted workshop where participants can learn more about the indigenous language of Argyll and learn some simple, everyday words and phrases.

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Ticketed Guided Walking Tours
Every day between 17 Jul 2024 and 18 Jul 2024

Port of Oban Guides will lead a series of curated heritage walks. These are group walking tours delivered by professional local guides and focus on Oban's fa...

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Clipper Race Food and Drink Village
Every day between 17 Jul 2024 and 21 Jul 2024

There will be 20 local businesses with stalls every day.

Mainly local artisan food and drink producers but some other craft and other local businesses will...

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Ticketed Guided Isle of Kerrera Hiking Tour
19 Jul 2024

This is a full day walking tour of the Isle of Kerrera exploring the ruins of Gylen Castle – an ancient Clan MacDougall stronghold.

There will be an opport...

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Sport
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Discovery Talk
19 Jul 2024

Calling all adventurers!

Have you got what it takes to race across the world’s oceans?

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is in Oban and on the lookou...

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Music
Skerryvore
20 Jul 2024

liveArgyll proudly presents Skerryvore, with local Oban band Chunks as support, as we celebrate Clipper Round the World Yacht race coming to Oban!

Come join...

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How to add your event

Love Oban has partnered with The List to help promote 'What's on' in Oban, Lorn & the Isles.

To add your events, please submit them using the form at datathistle.com/love-oban

As well as our own website, by using this form your events will also be distributed to a range of partners, including Wild About Argyll, Visit Scotland, online travel agents and media partners to help secure greater reach and result in more ticket sales.

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