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In days gone by when travel was mainly by rail and steamer Oban was called the Charing Cross of the north. It was where all routes seemed to meet.
The same still holds true today, if you’re going out to or coming from the islands chances are your ferry will berth here.
It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
On the hill above the town stands McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished project which has gone on to become the town’s major landmark and a beautiful spot to look out over the sea to the islands.
Or you can pick your spot in the bay and watch the boats and people come and go. There’s the Lighthouse Pier, where the ships servicing the lighthouses and navigation buoys dock; the South Pier with the fishing boats; the Railway Pier with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and the North Pier with boats from the Royal Navy, visiting foreign navies, tall ships, Customs cutters and dive boats.
Not to mention the big cruise liners which anchor in the bay and send their tenders in to The Oban Times slip or Oban’s regular visiting small, luxury liners.
It’s enough to wear you out watching all that, so you’d best go to one of the town’s many excellent eating places, from award winning cuisine and famous fish and chip shops to friendly cafes and sea food stalls to keep your strength up.