Oban, known as the gateway to the Isles; all 130 or so of them!
Caledonian MacBrayne and Calmac operate the major routes to the destinations and operators can organize bus connections across Mull to catch additional ferries to Tiree and Iona etc. but there are also plenty of local owners who will accommodate you on shorter trips. Ferries to Kerrrera, Mull and Lismore are quite inexpensive as foot passengers or cyclists. Check that ferries accommodate cars before organizing your route as some ferries are simply small boats!
The town is quaint, large enough for every day purchases with an arrayment of shops designed with the tourist in view. Some excellent places to eat on the seafront and plenty of good Hotels with sea views across the bay to Mull and Kerrera. There's also a Distillery within the town center, Chocolate factory, Glass studio and a number of Art galleries.
Overlooking the bay stands Oban's landmark, McCaig's Tower; a gothic coliseum built 1897 but never fully completed. Well worth a visit at night when its lit up and you can see the harbor in lights. Another good viewing point is Pulpit Hill (again view at night) where you'll look down upon the whole town seeing it in its full glory.
Good railway connections for a day out in Glasgow (approx. 2.5 hours) that follow the scenic route by Loch Awe, Dalmally, Crianlarich and alongside Loch Lommond. You can even change trains at Crianlarich and venture north to Fort William and Mallaig.
As you look out to the sea you can see the island of Kerrera which serves as a protection for the Atlantic storms.
Oban's name in Gaelic means little bay. Oban is also the unofficial capital of the West Highlands being the main town in the area serving many smaller towns and town and villages.
Oban is popular with holiday makers and is a great place to stay in Scotland.
Oban is known as the “gateway to the isles” as the main ferry terminal to the Scottish Highland islands of Lismore, Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Islay, Luing and Easdale.
Oban has a wide range of accommodation including Oban Bed and Breakfast, Oban Hotel, Oban Self Catering and Oban Campsites.
If you like Shopping, Oban has plenty to offer including craft shops, gift shops, whiskey shops, and almost anything you will need.
McCaig's tower is the local landmark, a coliseum like tower that over looks the town and is beautifully lit up at night.
Oban is an attractive Scottish fishing town and local catches are available throughout many of the Oban restaurants or try the Oban cafes or Oban pubs for a delicious treat.
The promenade at Oban is a nice walk and you will see many wildlife and boat excursions available. North of Oban is sandy beach at Ganavan.
Oban is a great place for a Scottish highland holiday, offering a lively mix for all in an attractive seaside resort.