4 Historic Places to See in Oban

When you come to stay in Scotland, you come for our historic sites and breath-taking scenery. Although our view of Loch Creran and the Glen Coe mountains is reason enough to come and stay, we know a few more things you should see when you come to Oban.

McCaig’s Tower

McCaig's Tower
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Or, as we also know it, McCaig’s Folly. This century-old structure on Battery Hill is a great place to look out over Oban Bay and take it all in at once. A little bit of a climb, but it’s worth it!

Inspired by the Roman Colosseum, the tower was built in 1897 by John Stuart McCaig (using local stone from Loch Etive) as a monument to his family and to bring work for the local community, before his death in 1902.

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
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Dating back to the 15th century, the ruins of Dunollie Castle lie on the outskirts of Oban, with plenty to offer. Besides delightful waterside views, the seat of Clan MacDougall also features the 1745 House Museum, with artefacts relating to the clan and the local community over the years.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle
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Stood at the mouth of Loch Etive, just a few miles north of Oban, Dunstaffnage Castle dates back to the 13th century and once served as the formidable stronghold of Clan MacDougall.

With an impressive curtain wall, a strategic battle position, and its 13th-century chapel, Dunstaffnage offers a beautiful piece of history for you to see.

Ardchattan Priory Gardens

Ardchattan Priory Gardens
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Just across Loch Etive, sitting on the northern bank, the Ardchattan Priory Gardens has over 200 varieties of shrubs, including several fine species of roses.

Sir Duncan MacDougall founded the priory in 1230 for the monks of the Valliscaulian order. Later, in the 16th century, it became the home of Clan Campbell and has remained so ever since.


We hope you get to see some incredible sights during your next trip to Oban. And don’t forget to check out our favourite places to eat while you’re here. When you’re done seeing the sights of Oban, find out what else you can do in Argyll.

Set in a picturesque location, Barcaldine Castle is on the banks of Loch Creran. There’s so much to do!

Don’t take our word for it, see what other people have said about their stay

Aleksandra Lebedeva
Aleksandra Lebedeva
December 27, 2023.
This is an amazing place to stay for a big group! Normally the castle operates as a hotel, but we got it for an exclusive use for 6 couples during Christmas. Each couple got a separate bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, each offering its unique vibe. There is a large main hall with a long table for your celebration(s) that has a huge fireplace for cozy evenings. Adjacent is a small lounge with a small bar area where you can helpf yourself with a cocktail. The interriors are well maintained and you get immersed into the vibe of a couple of centuries ago. It was also decorated for Chirstmas (incl. a Christmas Tree) which was a nice addition. Before arriving we had expected stone cold castle inside and were prepared with thick sweaters and socks but the rooms were surprisingly warm. The castle is located in a walking distance from a loch surrouneded by farms with cows, chickens and turkeys. It is also a good base for exploring Scotland with an aprox. 1-hour drive to Glencoe or Glenfinnan. The kitchen was professionally equipped (because it is a hotel) and had all the cookware you may ever need for your cooking as well as enough tableware and cutlery for your large squad. Only thing to be aware of is that the kitchen is one floor below the main hall so you will need to do some leg excersice bringing plates up and down.
Manilyn Ritchie
Manilyn Ritchie
November 12, 2023.
An amazing stay where history meets luxury, we stayed at argyll Room, the pillows, and the mattress is very comfortable and had a sound sleep, we also have a nice touch with our disposable sleepers and a bathrobes..complete set of coffee maker. The breakfast is very nice, stayed in the living room with the log fire ? roaring the night before while enjoying our drink.. the staff are very kind and friendly, the room was clean.. so yeah, I would definitely come back and highly recommend the place..
B Ritchie
B Ritchie
November 7, 2023.
What a lovely stay booked this last minute. It's a luxury stay that combines history, we spent 1 night and couldn't fault it. The room is cosy and comfortable with a luxury touch on it.. maybe a magic mirror ? the lounge room/ dinning room is what we loved on our nights stay, we sat on the sofa at the log fire with our drinks in hand . The host and staff are amazing and made sure our stay that we were well looked after . Definitely would recommend and come back again, thanks for our wonderful stay.
Ilja Gellart
Ilja Gellart
October 31, 2023.
Very relaxing place.
S Walmsley
S Walmsley
October 27, 2023.
Wonderful welcome on arrival. The castle is small but stunning. Stayed in the Caithness room. Very characterful - loved the turret room. Beautiful views. Enjoyed sitting by the open fire in the evening, and chatting to another couple of guests. Breakfast was enjoyable. Didn't see, or hear any spooks, but I'm sure they're about. Thoroughly recommend a night or two here. Take a bottle of wine, a book, and walking shoes.
Cole Young
Cole Young
October 9, 2023.
This place is amazing. Hard to put into words.
Steven Hatten
Steven Hatten
October 4, 2023.
The staff at the Castle was amazing. They did a fantastic job making us all feel at home while we were there including going above and beyond in several instances. The castle was beautiful and the views were unbelievable. Highly recommend for anyone looking to get away from it all but still treated like family.
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