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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.

A local town map can be downloaded for town directions and points of interest - click here

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 - Crianlarich - 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.