Holiday cottage on the West coast of Scotland

Bustling Oban Yachts at the pier at dusk

Oban and the surrounding area

With so much to see and do right here on Seil many holidaymakers never leave the island, but if the urge takes you or you feel the need for some retail therapy then the bustling seaside town of Oban is only a short drive or bus ride away.

Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles because of the ferries that leave regularly for Mull, Lismore, Coll, Tiree and the Outer Hebrides, and the bay is a constant bustle with ferries coming and going, fishing boats at the pier, yachts everywhere and the occasional big cruise ship. Sitting on the seafront with a serving of the finest fish and chips and watching the activity on the water is hard to beat on a sunny Summer's day.

Oban is full of things to do and see. Make sure you visit McCaig's Tower, the replica of the Colosseum that is such a distinctive feature on the Oban skyline. The view across Oban Bay to Kerrera and Mull is unparallelled. Boat trips to Mull or to see the wildlife are available, and many superb day excursions by coach or ferry can be arranged.

For lovers of malt whisky the The Oban Distillery Visitor Centre in Stafford Street (near the North Pier) is open Monday to Friday all year round (Saturdays too from Easter to October) for guided tours. There's an audio visual exhibition and gift shop - and a very fine dram! The newly refurbished Oban Phoenix cinema is another option on a wet day.

Further afield the road North takes you across Loch Etive via Connel Bridge to Benderloch, Barcaldine and the Sea Life centre, then onward to Port Appin and the passenger ferry to Lismore, another unique Argyll island. Going West at Connel the road takes you inland towards the magnificent peaks of Ben Cruachan and the opportunity to visit the Hollow Mountain beside spectacular Loch Awe.

Looking across Oban Bay to the cathedral McCaig's Tower - Oban;s answer to the Coliseum A ferry entering Oban Bay Looking down on Oban Bay and the piers from McCaigs Tower McCaigs Tower prominent over Oban Looking out to the islands from McCaigs Tower

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