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Things To Do In Oban When It’s Raining

Things To Do In Oban When It’s Raining

Find joy in the rain, jump in puddles, make a splash and smile as a rainbow is waiting to shine bright and illuminate our dark skies. A rainy day just means a change in clothing; warmer jumpers, waterproof jackets, wellies and umbrellas. Don’t let the rain spoil your sense of adventure, as there are plenty of things to do in Oban when it’s raining. We’ve listed our favourite things to do on the west coast that will keep you entertained on a dreary, rainy day. 


1. Oban Distillery

When the rain bounces back off the ground, there are few better places to escape the dreich outdoors than the warmth of a whisky distillery. And one of Scotland’s finest, smallest and oldest distilleries is just a stone’s throw away from our boutique hotel by car or a short 10 minute walk into the town centre – Oban Distillery. Snuggled beneath the steep cliff that overlooks the bay and just a short meander away from the sea, Oban’s distillery offers you the opportunity to taste their infamous 14 year old single malt through one of three tasting tours.

This distillery offers a variety of guided tours that will take you behind the scenes and give you unimaginable insights into the ancient art of distilling. From the Taste of Oban Tour, Trade Secrets Tour, to the Oban Cask Signature Tour, there’s a tour to suit all connoisseurs. To finish, put your raincoat back on, brave the blustery showers and stroll back to our boutique hotel or find a local restaurant that serves up some of the best gastronomic dishes on the west coast. View our pick of the best restaurants and places to eat in Oban, or take a look at our favourite dog friendly restaurants in Oban.

The Oban Distillery in Oban, Scotland


2. Oban War & Peace Museum 

Another thing to do in Oban when it rains is to visit the historic War and Peace Museum which is located on the Esplanade, adjacent to the North Pier and only 10 minutes walk from our seafront hotel. 

Filled with an incredible collection of artefacts and photographs showcasing the rich cultural history and heritage of Oban and its people, it’s the best place to learn about our west coast town. Visitors, tourists and locals alike can immerse themselves in learning about the fishing and maritime industries, the railway, road transport, local activities, Oban’s own coliseum; McCaig’s Tower and the role Oban played during the war when our seaside town was home to Australian, Canadian and US fleets, and RAF flying boats which resided on the bay. 

It may be raining outside but the adventure and cultural journey never stops in Oban, as the War and Peace Museum aims to educate future generations and preserve Oban’s rich history. 


3. Saint Columba Cathedral

This Roman Catholic Cathedral resides in a prominent position on the north east side of Oban Bay and is a must see when visiting our west coast town, no matter the weather. Plus, it’s less than 5 minutes walk from our boutique hotel, just a short stroll along the Esplanade. 

With a tall tower looming over the Esplanade, the historic structure and architecture attracts tourists to tour the cathedral and admire the beautiful interior. Once you’ve explored and learned more about the cathedral’s story, put your jacket back on, brave the rain and head to McCaig’s Tower where you can appreciate the true size and beauty of the building from above the bay. 


4. Island Tours 

Looking for things to do in Oban in the rain?  With our west coast location and being surrounded by endless miles of dramatic shores, spectacular countryside and surrounding islands, island hopping is the ideal thing to do when it’s raining. Jump in the car and jet off to tour Mull, Iona and Staffa all in one day. Or visit the island of Kerrera which you can see from our Sea Terrace or lounge.  Whichever island(s) you choose to explore, there’s serenity and adventure around every corner, even in the rain. 

A day trip to Mull is one of our guests favourite excursions as this Hebridean island is known for its incredible landscapes and iconic wildlife. Plus, the vibrance of Tobermory is a must-see when exploring Mull. Visit Mull’s museum to learn about the island, the wildlife and its people, or head to the iconic Tobermory Distillery where you can enjoy a whisky or gin tasting experience. With local shops, restaurants, cafes, and eateries that both locals and tourists love, you can look forward to a wholesome trip. For more Mull inspiration, click here to read our blog with an itinerary of things to do on your trip to Mull

If you’d like to stay a little bit closer to Oban on a rainy day, we’d recommend travelling to Kerrera to drive along the island’s track roads where you can take in the scenery in the comfort of your heated car, and if you’re brave, explore the ruins of Gylen Castle, the stronghold of the MacDougalls of Lorne. Once you’ve travelled around the 10km circuit and enjoyed the incredible vistas, head back to the warmth inside our boutique sea view hotel in Oban

Tobermory Mull


5. Shelter from the Oban rain in our own Honesty Bar

We saved the best till last. Our favourite thing to do in Oban in the rain is to sit back, relax, read a book, play a board game, or simply soak up our surroundings with a drink in hand in our Honesty Bar and lounge. 

With sumptuous blue velvet couches to sink into, a calm and relaxed atmosphere, and a fully stocked honesty bar, featuring a variety of locally produced whiskies, Tobermory Gin and Iona Gin and so much more, we can’t think of a better place to relax when it’s raining outside. 

Whether it’s a game of chess by our window, a book from our bookcase or just the company of your family, our lounge is the perfect escape from the rain. Instead of a bar crawl through Oban’s town centre in the rain, our Honesty Bar can keep you dry and satisfied with a drink in hand. From hand-crafted and distilled gins from our surrounding isles, gin lovers are spoiled for choice. We also serve a selection of vodka spirits and Scottish malts including, Oban’s own 14 year old malt, Glen Scotia Double Cask single malt and Bunnahhabhian’s 12 year old malt. 

Honesty Bar Lounge With Blue Velvet Couches


We have everything you need and more to escape the rain. Relax in our contemporary setting and enjoy one another’s company. The rain will pass and your Oban adventure can resume. If you need a little more Oban inspiration, we’ve got you covered with all the local attractions and must-sees. Make your trip unforgettable with No. 26 & discover the best things to do and see in Oban.