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Staying in Oban, UK

Even with Rick's book, I am having trouble finding a good place to stay for 4 nights in Oban, that has free parking, breakfast, and a good view of the water. Looking for recommendations....thank you!

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Island and coastal Scotland is difficult. The demand for lodging significantly exceeds the supply. What time of year do you plan to be in Oban?

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I loved Kilchrenan House in Oban, located on Corran Esplanade right on the bay. Most rooms have sea views or side sea views, and there is free parking on the premises. The owners were lovely and recommended a nice pub for dinner where we could also catch a Premier League match we wanted to see. Far enough from the town center to get a good nights sleep, but just a short walk to town and to the pier to catch ferries/excursion boats. The rooms were nicely furnished and the beds were comfortable. Would definitely return. I booked a few months in advance for a May trip, give them a call if you’re looking for something in the near future. Have a great trip!

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Oban is in Scotland - you have posted this in the England forum. How to upset the Scots!

Four nights in Oban would be three too many for me unless you are heading out to the islands for day trips. The town can be seen in a couple of hours. When is your trip? I don’t recall on street parking to be a problem in Oban.

Note that when I was in Scotland a few weeks ago, the ferries were running at a significantly reduced capacity due to Covid and even for foot passengers, they were booked up for weeks ahead. If you are planning on taking your car to the islands, check that your insurance covers this, as many policies don’t.

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3386 posts

It has been several years, but we were quite pleased with the Royal Hotel in Oban. Not sure on the parking since we used public transport which it was extremely convenient for.

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We stayed a couple of nights at Hawthornbank Guest House in Oban. They have their own parking, a nice breakfast, and a lovely view of the water. It's a short walk from the center of town and the ferries to Mull and Iona if that interests you.