Steam Locomotive Visits Oban

October 15th, 2014

The Jacobite steam locomotive paid a flying visit to Oban recently.

The Jacobite steam locomotive pulls into Oban Railway Station

The Jacobite steam locomotive pulls into Oban Railway Station

This magnificent steam train’s regular journey is from Fort William to Mallaig and as it winds its way through the spectacular scenery of Scotland’s west highland landscape, passes such landmarks as Ben Nevis, the Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films) and the Jacobite Monument on what has been called ‘one of the world’s greatest railway journeys’.

Visiting Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

August 1st, 2014

Gylen Castle is situated on the southern part Kerrera, the island just off Oban in the Firth of Lorne, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying in the Oban area.

Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

It’s an imposing castle and if you position yourself in the right spot you can see it perched dramatically on the skyline commanding spectacular views to the mainland and across the Firth of Lorne to the Inner Hebrides.

Gylen Castle, also known as the ‘Castle of Fountains’, was built in the 1580s as a stronghold of Clan MacDougall and a strategic centre of control and observation on the approach to Oban.

Sieges, fires and weathering caused damage to the castle during the centuries but it was restored by Historic Scotland in 2006 and is now open to the public all year round. As an added bonus to visitors there is no entrance fee. Visitors can also enjoy tea, coffee, refreshments and home cooking at the award winning Tea Garden which is close to the castle. The Tea Garden is open 7 days a week between Easter and October.

How to Get to Kererra

You can get to Kerrera via the Kererra Ferry which leaves from a slipway two miles south of Oban along the coast road. There is car parking right at the slipway.

Once on the island, you can either walk to Gylen Castle or cycle. The southern circular route is the most popular and easiest route and at 5 miles can be walked in around 3 hours. Bikes can be hired from the Oban Cycle Shop.

View of Oban Bay from the Manor House Terrace

July 28th, 2014

The terrace at the Manor House Hotel is the ideal spot to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and the fabulous view of Oban and Oban Bay.

Manor House terrace overlooking Oban Bay on a glorious summer night.

Manor House terrace overlooking Oban Bay on a glorious summer night.

We are situated just behind Oban harbour and from some parts of the terrace you can see the fishing boats with and fishermen unloading their catch of the day.

Looking across Oban Bay is Oban’s usually bustling prom thronged with day visitors and travellers from all over the world as part of their exploration of the Scottish Highlands and Isles.

Above the Bay, perched on Battery Hill, is McCaig’s Folly. Its design is based on the Roman Colosseum and was commissioned by local philanthropist John Stuart McCaig in 1897 to be a family monument and also to provide work for local stonemasons during the lean winter months.

The Folly was originally intended to be a museum but McCaig’s death ended the construction and today only the outer walls remain (surrounding a public garden) to provide magnificent views of Oban Bay, Kerrera and Mull beyond.

Beautiful Oban Sunset

June 4th, 2014

Another beautiful sunset from the gardens of the hotel looking across Oban Bay to the Island of Kerrera!

Sunset over Oban Bay to  Kererra from Manor House Hotel

Sunset over Oban Bay to Kererra from Manor House Hotel

New Glasgow to Oban Train Services

May 23rd, 2014

The train service linking Glasgow and Oban has increased from three to six trains a day in each direction.

This is great news for visitors to Oban who now have more flexibility to travel up from Glasgow for the day to enjoy the huge variety of activities Oban has to offer.

The first morning train leaves Oban at 5.21am and arrives in Glasgow at 8.37am. Glasgow’s first morning train to Oban departs Glasgow Queen Street Station at 5.20am arriving in Oban around 8.30am.

With the addition of a new later evening service leaving Oban at 8.37pm, visitors to the town now have even more time to explore Oban or even further afield to Mull, Iona and Staffa.

The Glasgow to Oban train journey takes about 3 hours which, although long, affords spectacular views of mountains, lochs and moorland as it meanders through Scotland’s unique west Highland scenery.

Complimentary Gym Use for Manor House Hotel Guests

May 8th, 2014

Don’t forget that guests of the Manor House now have complimentary use of the Fit4 gym just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel right in the centre of Oban. Some hotel staff have tried out a Spin class for a great aerobic work out. Find out more details about complimentary gym use for Manor House Hotel guests.

Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

March 27th, 2014

Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

Our Mother’s Day Luncheon menu has been specially created to appeal to all the mums who deserve a special treat. So why not give her (and the family) an extra special day out at the Manor House in Oban this Mother’s Day on Sunday 30th March.

View our Mother’s Day Luncheon Menu.

Oban Regeneration Plans Approved

March 5th, 2014

There’s exciting changes ahead for Oban with the recent announcement of a regeneration scheme to transform Oban into a centre for marine tourism and marine science.

The Lorn Arc Project has planned up to £144m of improvements for Oban and surrounding areas including Dunstaffnage, Dunbeg, North Connel and Barcaldine.

Key improvements will include the development of Oban North Pier, upgrading existing road links, renewable energy projects and creating a new business park at Oban airport with a view to enhancing the area’s already excellent reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.

Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society 70th Anniversary Dinner

February 4th, 2014

Congratulations to the Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society who recently enjoyed some fiddling at the Manor House after their 70th Anniversary Dinner, providing a real Scottish atmosphere that filled the hotel.

Oban & Lorne Strathspey and Reel Society

Oban Bay Sperm Whale Treats Manor House Guests

April 19th, 2013

Our guests were treated to a special sighting this morning from their bedroom windows. A beautiful sperm whale roaming around very close in Oban bay. What a lovely start to Easter weekend.

Sperm whale visits Oban Bay

Sperm whale visits Oban Bay

UPDATE 15/4/13
The Oban Bay Sperm whale left today for deeper, more open waters as it headed out across the Firth of Lorne towards Mull. We wish it well!