North Pier

The sheltered bay is a popular tourist resort and port of call for yachts and cruise ships
Contact Name Steven Neilson
Telephone +44 (0) 1631 562 892
Email Steven.neilson@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Oban lies on the West Coast of Scotland approximately 120 miles NW of Glasgow with which it has road and rail connections. It operates a central hub for the ferry services to the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

Oban today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles". It has developed into Scotland's seafood capital and most popular west-coast holiday town. The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries. These views 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.

Within Oban the most outstanding feature is McCaig's Tower. This is the Coliseum lookalike that stands above the town and features in many of the postcards you will ?nd for sale in the shops on George Street.

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, green island of Lismore; majestic Mull; and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona (home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563), Coll, Colonsay and Tiree, as well as Staffa (Fingal's Cave).

For more information on Oban please visit www.oban.org.uk

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth 3-5m
Pilot Available No
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 147 Lerwick 320

Harbour Conditions

  • Quay - Length 70m • Depth 3.0m (inner) 5.0m (outer)
  • Tidal Range Spring 4.0m • Neap 2.9m

Further Port Information

A warm welcome from Oban - Gateway to the Isles

If you're following the Tall Ships as they head north, you should certainly plan a visit to the bustling west-coast holiday town and guest port of Oban .

With its rich maritime heritage, Oban is the ideal backdrop for the visiting Tall Ships. The community have a very special welcome planned as this summer it is also celebrating its town bi-centenary.

Nestling in a bay, it's perfectly positioned for you to soak up the atmosphere and indulge in the west Highlands scenery, delicious fresh seafood, history and culture as well as some fun and frenetic activities along the way.

There's a cracking line up which will run from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 July.

Oban Burgh 200 Celebrations (Tuesday 12 July)

Take advantage of this double celebration and join in the fun. The Grand Parade featuring pipe bands, orchestras and a samba band will kick-off this lively event. Next up is the 'Right Royal Sail Past' - find a good vantage point and watch the sailing races in action at the harbour.

You'll also have a chance to discover some of the area's heritage through history and legends in a dramatic open-air performance by the Three Wee Crows Theatre Company.

A visit to the famous Oban distillery is a must. Here, there will be a special opening where you can meet with a distillery worker from 200 years and gain access to the fascinating Diageo archives.

Throughout the day there will be the chance to sample the local culinary delights of the Argyll region at the Marquee on the Pier. And, if you still have the energy, this will all be rounded off with a fabulous ceilidh, featuring some special guests.

Day events and tours (Tues 12 - Sunday 17 July)

  • Open top bus tours – enjoy the stunning scenery and sights of this delightful town including the Falls of Lora under Connell Bridge
  • Oban Distillery – visit this working scotch malt distillery located in the centre of town
  • Danish Classic Cruise – watch the magnificent spectacle of 50 Danish yachts as they sail into Oban Bay
  • Mini Highland Games and Taynuilt Highland Games – come along and try your hand at a number of traditional highland games activities
  • World Guinness Book of Records attempt at Strip the Willow – help make this the biggest highland dance
  • Tall Ships Softball, Football and Shinty Challenges – watch as the crews thrash it out in these friendly competitions
  • Garden Party – relax in and discover the colourful Sensory Garden
  • Argyll Showcase in the Marquee on the Pier – a chance to sample the delicious food and drink from around the region

Evening events:

The festival spirit continues into the evenings too.

For the energetic, you can take part in the Cycle Path Challenge between Ganavan and Dunbeg. Bring your own bike or borrow one on site.

There will be another chance to see the Three Wee Crows Theatre Company in action, this time at the Corran Halls.

And music comes to the fore again, with Thursday's concert featuring Capercaillie, a band known for its gaelic folk, world music and contemporary beats.

The festival will draw to a close over the weekend on an atmospheric note. On Saturday you can hear the beautiful sounds of the Gaelic choirs of the Royal National Mod at the North Pier. And on the final night, what better way to reflect on the amazing spectacle of the last few days as lanterns are lit and drift off into the night sky at midnight, floating above the Tall Ships over Oban Bay?

For further information on events, please contact:

Lisa Hardie
E: lisa.hardie@argyll-bute.gov.uk
Tel: 01546 604 332 / 07833 938 894

Available For Crews


  • Oban Distillery
  • Argyll Charters (Scenic, wildlife cruises in the Sound of Mull and around the islands in the Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation)
  • McCaig's Tower
  • Dunollie Castle
  • Oban War And Peace Museum
  • Dunstaffnage Castle, 3 miles
  • Sealife Adventures, 8 miles
  • Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, 10 miles

Sports Facilities

  • 18 hole Golf Course, 1 mile
  • Sports grounds (Football/Rugby/Shinty), full size all weather astro turf pitch
  • Atlantis Leisure (swimming pools, main sports hall, fitness suite, health suite, tennis & squash courts, outdoor playpark & picnic areas, and Cafe Atlantis)
  • Several Local Marinas
  • Sea Kayaking

General Facilities

  • Toilets, fresh water
  • Showers available at North Pier
  • A variety of eating, drinking and shopping opportunities available in the town