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!


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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Days out
Whisky Tasting
Every day between 01 Oct 2024 and 31 Oct 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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Scottish Ceilidh Nights
9 dates between 03 Oct 2024 and 31 Oct 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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An autumnal Feast weekend with Ballintaggart, WildLuing and Nc'nean Distillery
04 Oct 2024

Coming to the island of Luing later this year is a very exciting new event. We are collaborating with Nc’nean Distillery and Ballintaggart to showcase whisky...

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4 dates between 04 Oct 2024 and 25 Oct 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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Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time
05 Oct 2024

TV favourite Ed Byrne tours his Best Reviewed Show at the Edinburgh Festival, British Comedy Guide's No 1 Comedy show, and his most personal show to date....

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Story Time at Waterstones Oban
4 dates between 05 Oct 2024 and 26 Oct 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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Mòd An Òbain 2024
Every day between 11 Oct 2024 and 19 Oct 2024

The Mòd is a mixture of competitions, concerts, ceilidhs and other events. In addition to the more formal element of the festival, there is also a lively Fri...

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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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