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See, Do, Eat - OBAN

Located in an impressive Victorian villa, Oban Youth Hostel is fresh, modern and has absolutely stunning views out over the Bay of Oban and the Isle of Kerrera from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms. It’s ideally situated right on the seafront and will enable you to make the most of Scotland’s seafood capital whether you are dining out or cooking up a storm in the hostel kitchen.

The town is well off for supermarkets with a Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi, but to get a real taste of Argyll you’ll want to seek out local produce...


The Fish Shop (D. Watt & Sons) is officially Oban’s oldest family business, offering a great selection of fresh fish and shellfish. You won’t miss its bright yellow exterior on the railway pier! 

Local Produce 

Food from Argyll at The Pier

Oban Food Hub weekly online farmers' market

Millstone Wholefoods health food shop


Award-winning Luing Bakery at Millstone Wholefoods

Bossards Patisserie


Jackson Butchers

I.Wynne & Son

Eating Out

Coast Restaurant

Cuan Mor Restaurant & Bar

Fish & Chips

Nories Fish & Chips is a local favourite - your chippie comes wrapped in old fashioned paper!

The Oban Fish & Chip Shop is also much talked about - after eating there celebrity chef Rick Stein described the shop's fish and chips as the best he’d ever tried. YUM.

Fish & Shellfish

The Waterfront Fishouse Restaurant

Ee-Usk Scottish seafood restaurant

Oban Seafood Hut – a green shack on the pier with outdoor seating...beware of the seagulls!

Fine Dining

Etive Restaurant with 2 AA Rosettes and a mention in the Michelin guide


Julie’s Coffee House

Food From Argyll at the Pier

The Little Potting Shed Café


Oban Chocolate Company is a must visit with a great range of waffles, homebakes and all things chocolate!


Oban Distillery offers tours, a gift shop and a bar.

What else is there to do?

  • Ferry to Mull and Iona
  • McCaig's Tower
  • Ganavan Sands parkrun
  • Oban War & Peace Museum
  • Pulpit Hill Viewpoint
  • Atlantis Community Leisure Centre - swimming pool, soft play, tennis, squash, play park, climb cube and sports halls
  • Ceilidh Nights at The View
  • Gift shops - Room 15, Orsay, Modern Croft
  • Galleries
  • Wildlife Boat Trips
  • Cinema
  • Dunollie Museum & Castle
  • Corran Halls – live entertainment venue

Claire Jessiman is a Scottish food and travel writer based in Aberdeen. She has been blogging her edible adventures as Foodie Quine since 2012. See more from Claire on her website.

Remember to book your Oban stay on Hostelling Scotland's website to get the best price guaranteed! 

Find out more about Oban Youth Hostel here