Boat Tours in Oban
Go on a west coast adventure and explore all that Oban has to offer by discovering the surrounding waters, and its magnificent sea life and wildlife with the many Oban boat tours on offer.
The surrounding waters of Oban are exceptional to spot some of Scotland’s amazing wildlife. The Firth of Lorn is one of the few sites in Scotland that is known as a Special Area of Conservation, which has been lucky to have had high levels of long term protection.
On many of the Oban boat trips, you can spot some exciting creatures in the water such as porpoise, minke whales, and dolphins, as well as impressive birds overhead, including sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and more. There are a number of specific wildlife boat tours on offer from Oban that will take you to the hotspots that will increase your chances of catching a glimpse at some of our country’s magnificent creatures. From soaring sea eagles to an entire seal colony; with special guidance from the experts, you will safely be taken to see the wildlife in their natural habitat- which we think is the best way to do so!
As well as the spectacular wildlife off the coast of Oban, another popular hotspot is the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, a hub for wildlife and natural beauty, and one of the world’s most impressive whirlpools. Situated between the isles of Jura and Scarba, Corryvreckan is one of the world’s largest permanent whirlpools, and is known to attract many visitors by boat with its roaring swirls and powerful current. Many tour operators and private charters offer trips to the pool and its surrounding waters of the Gulf of Corryvreckan to witness this spectacular natural attraction.
‘Gateway to the Isles’
Oban boat trips to the surrounding islands is one of the most popular itinerary items for visitors, and even the locals. Living up to its legacy as the ‘gateway to the isles’, there are a number of small islands within the Inner Hebrides that offer an exciting day trip from Oban, including Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Visit Kerrera and explore the historic ruins of Gylen Castle, or go to Mull for the day and discover the colourful fishing port of Tobermory and visit the famous Tobermory Distillery for a tour and wee dram! Each island is unique and is filled with its own culture and attractions, and offer an incredible opportunity to explore the best of Scotland.
Our friends at Coastal Connection are based in the heart of Oban at the Oban Pier and offer various boat trips, Private Charter tours and seafari adventures to various locations off the west coast of Scotland. Their regular trips include the popular ‘Wildlife and Castles’ tour which takes visitors to popular castles and ruins along the coast and around the islands, with the opportunity to witness incredible wildlife hotspots to watch the sea life in their natural habitat. They also offer regular day trips to the Isle of Mull, or they can provide Private Charter adventures to almost any island or town along the west coast. Discover Coastal Connection and plan your sailing adventure.
The Perfect Oban Base
The town of Oban itself is definitely worth the visit as it’s filled with rich local culture, amazing restaurants and historical attractions, offering the perfect excuse to book a gateway and getaway in one. Whether you take to water for the day or extend your trip to go on an island-hopping adventure, our boutique shorefront hotel is the perfect base and your very own ‘gateway to the isles’.