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Oban Base

A September 2003 trip to Oban by milliebell

Quote: I based myself in Oban whilst visiting other parts of the highlands and Hebridean Islands.

Oban Base

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Overview

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If you don't have public transport, Oban is a good base for seeing the highlands and Islands. I based myself here whilst doing short trips to Iona, Tobermory, and Glencoe. Public transport is not great, but it is possible to do short overnight and day trips to a variety of places. As there is the ferry terminal, railway station, and bus hub for the area, it makes a good base. The bay is beautiful and has some stunning scenery. You can walk all around the sea front from the ferry terminal along to Dunollie castle ruins. The sea is one of the highlights of Oban, and going out on a boat is a must. There are various boat trips, but a cheap option with plenty of nice viewing is ...Read More

Oban Youth Hostel

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Hotel

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My initial impression of Oban Youth Hostel was not good. The receptionist was very abrupt with me and then ignored me for ages. I had to ask for a room allocation, etc. I don't expect to be best buddies with staff, but a smile and/or "hello" would not have gone amiss. When I got up to my second-floor room, my spirits lifted. It was a 10-bedded female dorm room, but very clean and spacious, with its own shower. It was comfortable enough. The view was amazing from the windows - right across the bay. On my second night, there was a lovely red sunset. There is a comfortable TV lounge, but it was dominated by smoochy couples - not a place to go to meet people. Conversation was nonexisten...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Oban Youth Hostel
Corran Esplanade
Oban, Scotland
(0870) 004-114

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Oban fish and chip restaurant and takeaway is a busy place on George Street, the main shopping street in Oban. The advantage is that it is open 10am - late. Most places close in the afternoon. Starters--soup, garlic bread, prawn cocktail--range from £2 in price. Main courses go from £3.50 (salad) to £4.50 - £7.00, such as fish and chips (£7), fishcake and chips, chicken and cips, pie and chips, and pasta dishes such as macoroni cheese, lasagne, and vegetable lasagne. Deserts are mainly ice cream based, from £1.80. There is a childrens menu available for under 13. I would have preffered a takeaway, but it was pouring with rain. I had fishcake, chips, and peas for £5.50 and a coke. I d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Oban Fish and Chip Restaurant and take away
George Street
Oban, Scotland

India Palace

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Restaurant

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India Palace do a three-course express lunch everyday for £4.95, between 11:30am and 1:45pm. This includes a starter, main course, and EITHER an accompaniment such as rice OR a dessert. Starters include onion bajhis, pakoras, sheesh kebab, etc. Main courses are a choice of dish--rogan josh, korma, madras, etc--in either beef, chicken, or vegetable (king prawn £2.50 extra). The accompaniments include boiled or pilau rice, roti bread, or salad. Desserts were ice cream based. I found this excellent value for money. I had vegetable pakora, which came with a wonderful garlicky yoghurt dip that tasted wonderful. My vegetable rogan josh was very nice, lots of it, with big pieces of vegetabl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

India Palace
George Street
Oban, Scotland

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Argyll bakeries is not at all flashy, but is good for a quick lunch, close to the ferry termianl and railway station. Starters from £1.95 include soup, prawn cocktail, garlic mushrooms, etc. Mains from £5.50 - £9.95 include lasagne, fish and chips, steak pie, curry, etc. Salads from £4.65 - £5.95. Baked potatoes from £2.60. Sandwhiches from £1.95. Hot drinks from 90p, cold drinks from 95p. Desserts 95p to £2.75. I had a veggie burger and chips. The meal was very well cooked and I liked the veggie burger a lot. The dessert menu looked tempting, with chocolate fudge cake. Not at all the smartest place on the block, but good for a cheap and qucik meal or snack. I went in hour when I had...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Argyll Bakeries Restaurant
7 Argyll Square
Oban, Scotland PA34 4AZ
(01631) 570-307

Seal Colony Cruise

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Attraction

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The cruise departs Oban railway pier hourly until October (weather permitting). Maximum of 12 persons. Pay on boarding. The service heads past Kerrara. The views are amazing, and the further the boat gets out, the prettier the seascape, hills, and rocky islands become. The mountian views are spectacular. The day I did the cruise, there was a rainbow over a distant island. On the other side, there are views of the bay of Oban and Dunollie castle ruins. After about 20 minutes, the boat comes near a rocky island where seals bask and swim. The boat doesn't get close enough to frighten them, but close enough to see them clearly. The seals were mainly basking in the sunshine, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Seal Colony Cruise
Departs from Railway Pier
Oban, Scotland
+44 01631 571010

Lismore Ferry

Attraction

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This is not a cruise ship but the regular ferry that runs between Oban and Lismore Island. It is one of their small ferry boats that only carry a few cars and a handful of passengers. For a bargain of £4.25 you get some stunning scenery and a trip across Oban bay and back, and almost two ROUGH hours at sea. When the ferry gets to Lismore, just stay on if you're intending to come straight back. As it is a small boat, it is quite a rough ride when the sea is not calm. Keep this in mind if your prone to seasickness. However, if you're pushed for time and haven't much money, this is the cheapest option. I would recommend this if it's all you can do. There are no facilities, though an ind...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Lismore Ferry
Oban Ferry Terminal
Oban, Scotland
+44 (0)8705 650000