Oban is the gateway to the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is a busy port with frequent ferries out to the Isle of Mull and beyond to the smaller Isles off the coast. For travellers there are a large number of high quality Oban B&Bs to choose from, from the luxurious to the basic, as well hotels offering lunch and dinner. As a cyclist, Oban is a dream - there are stunning routes available for both road cyclists and mountain bikers. The Isle of Mull is a particular highlight.
So where to stay in Oban? We review several places you may wish to consider. Bike storage can be an issue. Most of the B&Bs do not have cycle storage. The Oban Hostel has good bike storage available for those willing to forgo their luxuries!
Our first review is of MacKay's Guest House. This is on the luxury end of the Oban B&B spectrum and generally room rates range from £110-150 per night. The reward for this is luxury, cosy rooms, with views such as the featured picture above. Many of the room even come with complementary brandy to warm you on arrival!
Breakfast is a great as you will come to expect from a Scottish B&B with Stornaway black pudding and local haggis optional extras to the full Scottish offerings.
There is plenty of parking, including out of sight parking to the rear of the building. No secure dedicated bike parking, but bikes should be safe out if covered in a car parked to the rear of the property.
Jumping immediately to the other end of the Oban B&B luxury spectrum we have Oban Youth Hostel. Having said that, it is sometimes described to be more like a hotel that your usual impression of a youth hostel. Top pros of the place include secure bike storage and sea views in many rooms. The rates are from £25 but you can spend more and get a private or family room.
For those not travelling with bikes then I recommend Oban Cycles for bike storage - and also any bike maintenance issues you may have. It has an excellent central location and excellent reputation and good, old fashioned local bike shop. Worthy of your support when you're in town.
Worth a Mention
Also worth checking out: Tigh Bhan. It's about 25 miles north of Oban on way to Fort William but has a good range of B&B and self catering accommodation options. It is a good stopping point for those attempting Land's End to John O' Groats with secure bike storage available for those stopping. A hearty breakfast is served each morning.