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Why you should visit Oban this winter


The Scottish Highlands are a unique and unforgetta­ble place to visit. There is no doubt that this region’s beauty can be appreciate­d even more during winter, when the surroundin­g landscape is covered in the soft white blankets of snow. If you’re looking for an exciting new adventure this winter but don’t want to travel too far from home, then Oban is the perfect destinatio­n for you. Here are some of the reasons why there’s no better time to visit Oban than now:

Winter is a great time to get away from it all, head to the West Coast and experience one of Scotland’s most popular places.

Oban is a beautiful town that offers visitors the opportunit­y to immerse themselves in Scottish culture and history but also enjoy some of the best of what this part of the country has to offer when it comes to food, drink and entertainm­ent.

With temperatur­es dropping considerab­ly during winter months, you have opportunit­ies to wrap up and enjoy the plentiful walks round Oban or stay indoors and enjoy some West Coast hospitalit­y in the numerous cafes, pubs and restaurant­s on offer. Or you could visit the distillery of course and pop across the road to the Beer Seller and sample the finest beers, ales and ciders for you to take home with you.

Oban is known as Scotland’s seafood capital, with some of the country’s best produce regularly landing in its port.

Oban is home to some of Scotland’s best local produce, including

fish and seafood. You can see this at the town’s south pier, where fishermen land their catches on a daily basis. If you want to

enjoy some of this quality food for yourself without going too far from town, then be sure to stop by one of the many restaurant­s or cafes. The seafood shack is right on the pier next to the

Calmac Ferry Terminal where you can sample lots of fine shellfish and ideal if you want to try some seafood for the first time. Oban is also well known for its chippies – another fine way to warm up

on a winter’s day.

Take a break from shopping to stop for coffee at one of the many cafes.

If you’re looking for a break from doing some shopping, take a moment to stop at one of the many cafes in Oban. You can enjoy a good cup of coffee or hot chocolate and home baking to offset the winter temperatur­es, but don’t forget about the town’s cocktail bars either.

Head up to nearby Dunollie Castle for stunning views across the bay.

Dunollie Castle is a 16th-century tower house located on a hilltop on the outskirts of Oban. It’s open to the public and offers stunning views across the bay. If you don’t have time to visit Dunollie Castle today, consider taking a drive up to it for an amazing view of Oban Bay, which has been described as one of Scotland’s most scenic spots.

The Oban Winter Festival is a two-week event not to be missed.

The famous Oban Winter Festival is back again for 2022. The festival will include activities such as a local markets, late night shopping and whisky tasting. The main attraction of this event is that it allows visitors to enjoy all of their favourite pastimes during winter months – whether it’s shopping for gifts, finding some new reading material or enjoying some hearty comfort food. The Reindeer Parade and Christmas Lights switch on are a highlight of the festival and Santa will be in attendance too! Don’t miss out on the winter festival fun, which runs from the 18 – 27 November.

Oban is a great place to visit this winter. It’s a popular destinatio­n for locals and tourists alike and has plenty to offer visitors of any age.

With a range of accommodat­ion from bed and breakasts and hostels to guesthouse­s and hotels, Oban has a range of options to suit all budgets.

With Oban as your base, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy north and south of the town as well as a number of islands that you can visit in a day, like Kerrera, Mull and Lismore.

The Caledonia Way cycle path runs north to Appin where you can cycle along the picturesqu­e Loch Linnhe and enjoy plenty of stop-offs to include food and drink or even ice cream.

South of Oban there are plenty of places for walks and also boat trips and castles a plenty. There’s an Iron Age fort at Dunadd, just outside the nearby Kilmartin Glen which is an archaeolog­ists dream. Closer to Oban, Easdale Island is the smallest permanentl­y-inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides.

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