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Travelling to Oban is a (usually) good experience. Around two hours by car, coach or train from Glasgow or Edinburgh, less than 2 hours from Stirling, the scenic journey is a memorable part of a visit to this bustling west coast town.

Their are three main road routes from the South and one from the North. The quickest is via Stirling. The most enjoyable is the "Rest & be Thankful" route which has some stunning scenery but in Summer can be sometimes quite slow.

1. M6 - Glasgow - Erskine Bridge - Loch Lomond - Crianlarich - Tyndrum - Oban
Or - Rest & Be Thankful -Inverary - Oban
Or - Lochgilphead - Oban

2. M6 - Stirling - Crianlarich - Tyndrum - Oban

3. Edinburgh - Stirling - Crian larich - Oban

4. Inverness - Fort William - Oban

Oban is easily reached from Central Scotland by taking the A82 which skirts the west side of Loch Lomond. Then either via Tyndrum or follow the A83 over the 'Rest and be Thankful' through Inveraray. Both journeys take between 2 and 3 hours, although you may be tempted to stop several times to admire the scenery. By rail, the journey takes you along the world-famous West Highland Line. ScotRail runs twice daily trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Oban.

By Air

Oban has several airports within 2/3 hours driving distance. Glasgow being the main and nearest for international flights along with Edinburgh and Prestwick. Rail and coach links are available from Glasgow city centre (a short distance from the airport) by taxi or bus. Car Rental and a seaplane service is also available with the seaplane service running several scheduled flights to Oban per day and landing on the Sound of Kerrera within half a mile of PDC by Oban bay.

By Sea

From the South the access through Jura sound is a fantastic trip, passing Mull of Kintyre and the Corryvreckan and the Garvellachs then the Sound of Kerrera to Oban or Puffin. ( see our list of Fees for overnight moorings) or passing Islay and Colonsay throuygh the Lynne of Lorne and into Kerrera Sound again straight to PDC and Oban

From the North the Isle of Skye and round the point of Ardnamurchan passing the islands of Muck, Rhum and Eigg.

Puffin Dive Centre is situated on the waters edge at Port Gallanach, 1 1/2 mile south of Oban on the Kerrera Sound next to the coast road.

Your first view of Oban is one you are unlikely to forget. From the north, you glimpse this bustling port from the top of the 'Bealach-an-Righ'. As you sweep down the hill towards the expanse of the bay, the view opens up before you and one begins to appreciate why Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town.

Beyond Oban ("little bay" in Gaelic - Scotland's ancient Celtic language) lie the islands of the Inner Hebrides: Kerrera, which protects the town from Atlantic storms, the low, gre14en island of Lismore, majestic Mull and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.

Oban today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles". The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.

It is no surprise to find Oban in the 1990s remains a magnet for travellers from all over the world. The town's present day popularity owes much to the Victorians, and as early as 1812, when the Comet steamship linked Oban with Glasgow, the town played host to intrepid travellers touring Staffa - the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture - and Iona - home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563. Indeed once Oban had the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria, who called it "one of the finest spots we have seen", the town's destiny as an endearingly enchanting holiday destination was as firmly set as the lava columns of Fingal's Cave in Staffa.

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