3 Things to Do on a Holiday in Oban

If you have chosen Oban to be your next holiday destination, then you certainly have made the right decision. Oban is one of the few places that offers something to spike everyone’s interest. There are a number of beautifully manicured parks and nature trails to cater to the nature-lover in you, pristine beaches and dizzying cliffs for the adrenaline-packed adventurer, and several iconic castles and chapels for the history enthusiast and not to mention the very many pubs and bars offering you more entertainment than the law permits! Not only that, but there is loads of fantastic accommodation in Oban to round off your stay perfectly.

Although there are a number of things to do and places to visit, here are 3 must-do things while on a holiday in Oban!

A date with History – Walk to the McCaig’s Tower

Start your journey discovering Oban with a visit to the history-rich McCaig’s Tower. One look at it and you might wonder what a ‘Colosseum’ style building is doing atop a town in Scotland! Standing at nearly 200 feet above sea level, this impressive building gives a fantastic view of the entire town and the sea beyond. Climbing up the 144 steps Jacobs Ladder is perhaps the best way to reach this Tower. Although intended to serve as a Museum, an art gallery and a lasting monument to the family of John Stuart McCaig, the brain behind the Tower, it is now a manicured public garden offering spectacular view of the Oban Bay. Great architecture, relaxing walk, amazing views and loads of history – the McCaig’s Tower offers you a bit of everything!

Adventure at the Sea – Kayaking and Canoeing

After the relaxing walk to the McCaig’s Tower, it is time to do something that will pump up your adrenaline. Oban has a long lineup of adventure sports such as kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, cliff jumping, swimming, coasteering and much more. You can choose from a number of centers that offer great selection of safe and enjoyable outdoor adventure sports. If you are interested in Sea Kayaking, then the pristine islands of Lismore, Shuna, Kerrera should be on your list. If diving is more like your cup of tea, then Oban has some of the best places to visit under the sea! For cliff jumping, the best place for a beginner would be the Ganavan Bay, which offers a patch of beach surrounded by steep cliffs. From calm and scenic dives to deep dives with the tidal flow, Oban’s many marine destinations offer you variety. Choose to dive near Oban at the Dunollie Castle or explore the wrecks of Sound of Mull, or further still, become the daredevil conquering the Falls of Lora – near Loch Etive.

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The Perfect Parting Gift – Ceilidh Dancing

What better way to leave Oban than grooving to some ceilidh music and dancing? Enjoy a great night out in any of the very many pubs dotting the town; there is absolutely no dearth for entertainment in Oban. The atmosphere is simply amazing, the local whiskey is awesome, and the music, singing and dancing makes every night a party night. You can choose any of the many pubs, from the Backpackers Plus to the Skipinnish Ceilidh house, or hop from one pub to the other, if you don’t want to miss out on the fun. The exceptionally talented performers ask you to join them in shaking a leg or two, and if you are game, why not? You will certainly learn a few new dance moves to show off to your friends back home! Music, dance, and drinks come together; need we say more?

A word of advice, please don’t restrict yourself to these three activities, however; make sure they find a place in your itinerary.