With stunning scenery and access to the Outer Hebrides islands, Oban is a popular destination for tourists all over the world to visit.
If you decide to visit Oban for a few days, there are plenty of fun day trips to experience in and around the town. From visiting historical landmarks to attending a local food tour, there’s lots of different activities to get involved with!
Throughout this article, we’ll list some great ways to spend your day while visiting our beautiful town.
Historical Landmarks Around Oban
Oban is a town full of history, with numerous historical landmarks nearby to explore.
Here are some of the top historical landmarks to visit on a day trip:
Oban War and Peace Museum
For those interested in the history of the town and surrounding area, the Oban War and Peace Museum is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours.
At the museum, you can learn all about the town’s military history, including the role Oban played during World War II. Visitors can also learn about the town’s fishing industry, railway transport, local sporting achievements, and how the famous McCaig’s Tower was built.
The museum is open seven days a week, 10am – 4pm, except Fridays when they close at 2pm, and can be found at the Corran Esplanade.
McCaig’s Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in Oban. Located on Battery Hill, the tower was built in 1897 by local banker, John Stuart McCaig, as a lasting monument to his family.
The tower is a popular spot for visitors, offering stunning views of Oban’s Bay and surrounding areas. Within the tower itself, you can explore its beautifully maintained gardens.
Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds
Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds is an internationally recognised historical site, located just a short six-minute drive from Oban.
You can spend your day enjoying the beautiful woodland areas surrounding the museum, while learning all there is about the castle and the famous MacDougall clan.
Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds is open from 1st April to 27th October each year. If you’re visiting Oban during this time, it’s highly recommended you visit!
Oban is a great place to explore the natural beauty of Scotland.
Here are two nature trails that are easily accessible from Oban:
Pulpit Hill is a popular hike that offers fantastic views of Oban’s bay and the surrounding landscape.
The trailhead is located just a short drive from Oban and the hike takes around two hours to complete. The trail is considered easier than most; however, those who may struggle can travel by car and park at the assigned car park.
Ganavan Sands is a beautiful beach that can be reached by foot. The beach is also easily accessible by car or bike and offers stunning views of Oban’s coastline.
You can take a stroll along the sandy beaches, dip your toes into the ocean, or simply sit and take in the seascape. Whatever you wish to do, Ganavan Sands is a fantastic day trip!
Outside of Oban
Oban is a popular destination for travellers for many reasons, mainly due to its proximity to so many other great areas of Scotland.
Whether you’re exploring the islands, want to experience the cities of Scotland, or experiencing jaw dropping views, it’s all easily accessible from Oban!
Here are some of the best locations to spend your day exploring:
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull can be found just off the west coast of Scotland and has plenty to offer every type of visitor. Whether you’re simply basking in the island’s natural beauty or keen to keep active during your trip, Mull has it all – delicious cuisine, local events, museums, beaches, and a wealth of wildlife!
If you’re eager to visit Mull, you’ll need to travel by ferry. Fortunately, the ferry service between Oban and Mull is consistent and efficient, with an estimated sailing time of only one hour!
One of the most scenic drives in Scotland is the Oban to Glencoe route. This takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Scotland, such as the rugged mountains of Glencoe or the stunning shores of Loch Linnhe.
Once you reach the village of Glencoe, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, including exploring the Glencoe Nature Reserve, visiting the Folk Museum, or stopping for a bite to eat at the highly rated Clachaig Inn Restaurant.
The drive is approximately 50 minutes each way, making it a perfect day trip from Oban.
The small town of Inveraray is a popular spot for tourists during summer. With its incredible views and numerous fun things to do, we highly recommend spending the day exploring what Inveraray has to offer.
If you’re a fan of the popular Netflix show ‘Black Mirror’ Inveraray should definitely be on your list. The town was the setting of season six’s ‘Loch Henry’ episode, chosen for its rugged beauty.
Located in central Scotland, Stirling is the smallest city in the country. However, it is host to a wealth of history and culture. Stirling is home to the famous Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, which are both open to visitors.
From Oban, you can reach Stirling in just over two hours by car, making it the perfect location for a day trip! There are regular buses and trains available from Oban to Stirling; however, both of these options are estimated to take over four hours each way.
If you’re staying in Oban, you have a great deal of things to do and places to visit. Whether you’re interested in learning about the history of Oban, experiencing the nature that surrounds the town, or keen to explore another location for the day, you have it all here!
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Oban during your trip, visit our website. Our luxury shorefront hotel is the perfect place to stay while you explore.