Hand chosen as being both picturesque and well located for walking
Oban is a
middle sized town surrounded by nature.
Oban offers some of the best fish restaurants in Europe and also has a cinema and theater. It is the gateway to the Islands - the inner and outer hebridies. Passanger ships to these island are seen leaving the harbour every morning and ships to the closer islands, regularly throughout the day. The hotels and buildings around the bay and up the hillside are all stone built and have a victorian charm about them.
To the North
the next largests town is Fort William (
around 40 miles away) to the South you
would need to go back to Glasgow to find any main
population centres and to the East coast. Luckily
Oban has everything you should need , as well as
massive amounts of nature to go walking in.
Scottish mountains start around 10 miles outside
Oban . These are all called Monroes being over
1000 metres high and all, unlike Swiss mountains,
accessible on foot. This fairly easy access
has started the rather healthy and very
popular Scottish passtime of Monroe bagging. This
is the climbing and therefore collecting of as
many of these mountains as you can- all 282 of
them if you can do it. These mountains look high
as they rise from sea level but will only be
snowcapped in winter.
You can also
collect islands ( More to collect, but
you need to spend at least one night to collect
one) Oban overlooks the island of Mull - the
largest Hebridean island- with Ben More -another
Monroe - looming up on it. The islands are known
for their, deer, eagles, white sand and crystal
blue (rather cold) waters. Many island trips
are arranged from Oban and a trip to Mull, the
island of Iona and Staffa is absolutely essential.