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Oban: a Jewel by the Sea

Along the western coast of Scotland, lies the fishing town of Oban.

Some of you single malt scotch whisky drinkers out there may be familiar with the name – the Oban Distillery has been here since 1794, and the town grew up around it.   Of course, being Sunday in the off season, the distillery was closed when we visited!

Even so, you’ll enjoy the shops and the incredible view of the water, with fishing vessels and steamers cruising the harbor.   The city is considered the unofficial capital of the West Highlands.  The ruins of 600-year-old Dunollie Castle stand high on a hill overlooking the harbor.

You might be surprised to see road signs in Gaelic.  “Oban” in Gaelic means little bay.

In the summer months, Oban is a paradise for sailors, with many races and events filling the calendar.

 Summertime brings with it the Highland Games – and plenty of authentic dress.  Take a look at this image of fun-loving dancing straight from the Oban website (borrowed gratefully, of course!).