Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles as its ferry terminal links the mainland with many of the numerous islands in the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Every day during the summer months thousands of visitors, travellers and explorers pass through the town on their way north.
However, much as there are many scenic, historical and entertaining delights on the Scottish islands, Oban itself provides a great day of exploring with lots to see and do if you’re a day visitor or staying for longer.
Oban’s most famous landmark is McCaig’s Tower. Standing high on the top of Battery Hill with commanding views of the town, Oban bay and beyond to Mull, the tower was built by local stone masons under the patronage of local philanthropist John Stuart McCaig to keep the townsmen employed during hard times in winter.
The tower’s design is based on the Roman Colosseum and was to include a museum, art gallery, central tower and statues of McCaig and his family but unfortunately the structure was never completed.
Today the tower serves as a public garden and many locals and visitors to the town enjoy the walk up the hill to sit in the gardens and take in the magnificent panoramic views.
A few hundred yards to the north of Oban town centre sits the old but impressive ruins of Dunollie Castle. The iconic old building was once key for the Kings of Dalriada in defending their lands as it commands uninterrupted views up and down the Firth of Lorne.
Today the castle is a magnet for history lovers who love exploring and being in the atmosphere of ruined Scottish castles. The castle also has the adjacent 1745 House, home of the Clan McDougall chiefs, which now serves as a museum which houses collections of objects dating to the 14th century. Visitors can also enjoy the impressive gardens and woodland which has been maintained since the 1850s.
Situated right in the heart of Oban town centre just yards from the sea, Oban Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland. The distillery houses a museum dedicated to Scotch whisky and tours are provided for visitors who see every stage of the ancient craft of distilling single malt scotch whisky.
The tour is rounded off with a dram of Oban 14yr single malt and some crystallised ginger to get your taste buds tingling.
Christmas Dinner Menu
Served from December 1st until Decemebr 23rd inclusive.
Foie Gras with Caramelised Mixed Nut,
Apple, Orange Gel and Frisée
Oban Bay Scallop Ceviche with
Creme Fraiche & Mango
Heritage Beetroot Risotto with
Herb-crusted Goat’s Cheese Bon Bon
Honey & Parsnip Velouté
Duo of Salmon with Herb Crust, Courgette,
Spinach, Crispy Parmentier Potato & Lemon Dill Sauce
Traditional Roast Turkey with Seasonal Trimmings
& Pork & Cranberry Stuffing
Gressingham Duck Breast with Truffle Pommes Purée,
Heritage Beetroot, Bramble & Spinach
Roast Ham with Potato Terrine, Honey
Glazed Celeriac, Red Chard & Apple
Gnocchi with Sundried Tomato, Basil & Parmesan
Traditional Christmas Pudding with
Red Wine Poached Pear with Mascarpone
Mousse & Dark Chocolate
Frangipane with White Chocolate,
Candied Fennel & Root Apple
Selection of Scottish Cheese & Biscuits
Coffee & Mints
Complimentary 50ml glass of Churchill Vintage Port
£49 per person including VAT
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