Described as the ‘seafood capital’ of Scotland and the ‘gateway to the Isles,’ Oban has a wealth of attractions and was the third stop on our roadtrip.
We both love seafood and had heard beforehand that Ee-Usk is the place to eat in Oban. We were not disappointed and had an amazing meal here. The restaurant is located directly on the waterfront so you also get a great view across the water to watch the fishing boats and ferries as you eat.
Tips for staying in Oban and visiting Mull
- Book ahead – for everything! Restaurants in Oban book up well in advance, particularly in the summer season, so if you want to eat at one of the popular restaurants try and book a table ahead. If you want to get the ferry to Mull, then you can book the tickets online beforehand which saves you queuing up in the ferry terminal the day before or not being able to get a suitable time.
- Hotels – we found that the hotels in the centre of Oban seemed to be quite pricey and not that great for what you were paying for. It took us ages to finally decide on a hotel which turned out to be most expensive of the whole trip but not the best. So choose wisely when booking a hotel.
- You need a full day to visit the Isle of Mull – we were on the ferry about 9am and spent the whole day exploring the island before getting the ferry back again about 5pm. This was about the right amount of time for us and we were able to do what we wanted with ease without having to wait around or rush back.
- Tobermory is beautiful and well worth the visit – if you get the ferry over from Oban and land at Craignure – it will take about 40minutes to drive over to Tobermory. We drove straight there and spent the morning there before getting our lunch in the bakery and driving to Calgary beach. The beach is also stunning and we sat and ate a picnic on the sands before driving back to catch the ferry home.