Victorian hotel overlooking the Bay of Oban on Scotlands West Coast
The Columba Hotel Oban offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery of mainland Scotland as well as the multitude of islands that can be found along Scotlands West Coast.
Located in the small town of Oban, the 3-star establishment is a popular stop for tourists, of which there are many, visiting the town. The building itself is situated on the North Pier overlooking the islands of Kerrera and Mull.
The hotels 49 guestrooms are all well-equipped offering all the amenities a visitor could need. As well as providing en-suite bathroom facilities, including a bath and shower, rooms also feature comfortable furnishing, a flat-screen television with digital channels, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. For an additional cost guests can stay in a room overlooking the bay.
Guests need not leave the building to enjoy some fine Scottish cuisine. The Alba Restaurant provides the perfect dining location with its sea view backdrop and Victorian panache. A daily table d'hte menu gives diners their choice of fine dishes.
The hotel also features a bar and caf for those looking for something slightly less formal. The Pier Caf and Harbour Bar, as they are known, serve a variety of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as an assortment of snacks and light meals, perfect for those looking to relax without filing their bellies.
As well as providing the necessities for recreational visitors, the Columba Hotel Oban also opens its doors to those looking to hold a function, be it a wedding, a celebratory party, or even a business meeting or conference.
The town of Oban is often referred to as The Gateway to the Islands thanks to its proximity, not to mention transport links, to the western isles. As such theres plenty for visitors to keep them occupied. Frequent boat trips and ferries are available to the islands which opens them up to exploration. Travellers can head out on foot or with their car.
Its not necessary to risk sea-sickness to have an enjoyable stay here though. Within the town and its surrounding area are a number of historic landmarks that present not only points of interest but fine photographic opportunities; McCraigs Tower, Dunstaffnage Castle, Dunollie Castle, and Inveraray Castle.
Like so many other locations in Scotland, Oban is home to its own whisky distillery. Visitors are welcome to join a tour and see how the traditional drink is produced. A sample or two is highly likely also.
For those that like to get in touch with nature, the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary houses seals, otters, and other water animals for all to see. Alternatively, Seafari Adventures take visitors out on the Firth of Lorn to get a close-up look at marine life in the wild. Amongst the wildlife to be checked-off are whales, sharks, dolphins, and any number of different sea birds. Be prepared though; some of the boat rides can be a little adrenaline-inducing. By the time yo get back to the Columba Hotel Oban you may need a sip of the strong stuff.