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Oban

Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Argyll and Bute  /  Oban
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Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During the tourist season, the town can play host to up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn. The bay is a near perfect horseshoe, protected by the island of Kerrera; and beyond Kerrera, the Isle of Mull. To the north, is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.HistoryThe site where Oban now stands has been used by humans since at least mesolithic times, as evidenced by archaeological remains of cave dwellers found in the town. Just outside the town stands Dunollie Castle, on a site that overlooks the main entrance to the bay and has been fortified since the Bronze age. Prior to the 19th century, the town itself supported very few households, sustaining only minor fishing, trading, shipbuilding and quarrying industries, and a few hardy tourists. The Renfrew trading company established a storehouse there in about 1714 as a local outlet for its merchandise, but no Custom-house was deemed necessary until around 1760.
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Oban's lodging options are scattered around the harbor and surrounding hills. B&Bs and inns in the main city square are convenient for sightseeing. Self-catering apartments and cottages dot the hillsides and offer views over the harbor and town. Visit the website of the town's tourism association to find and book seasonal deals on accommodations.
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