Oban when its raining

5th March 2022

Oban when it’s raining!

I know how it feels when it rains instead of sunshine, instant dread and sad face comes over for another day spent inside for some but why not find joy in the rain, jump in puddles, make a splash and smile as a rainbow is waiting to brighten the colours in the sky. A rainy day just means a change in clothing, as they say here in Scotland “there is no such thing as wrong weather only wrong clothes”. So, bring along some warmer jumpers, waterproof jackets, wellies and umbrellas and your good to go. Don’t let the rain spoil your adventure, as there are plenty of things to do in Oban when it’s raining. The rain will pass, and your Oban adventure can resume. We’ve listed our favourite things to do on the west coast that will keep you entertained on a dreich, rainy day. 


  1. Oban Distillery

There are few better places to escape the dreich outdoors than the warmth of a whisky distillery. Take a visit to one of Scotland’s smallest and oldest distilleries - Oban Distillery where they distil the world famous “Oban 14” whiskey, 14-year-old single malt.

This distillery offers a variety of options; guided tours that will take you behind the scenes and give you unimaginable insights into the art of distilling, a shop floor to look around and newly refurbished whiskey bar that you can sit and enjoy a platter of whiskey shots from different regions and the limited editions they bring out, a taste for all connoisseurs. To finish, put your raincoat back on, brave the blustery showers and stroll right across the street to Julie’s café for a bite of lunch and some homemade cakes.



  1. 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 the Distillery. 

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, 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. 


  1. Saint Columba Cathedral

This Roman Catholic Cathedral resides in a prominent position on the northern side of Oban Bay and is the mother church for Argyll and the Isles. This Cathedral is a must see when visiting our west coast town, on route to the war memorial so can do both on a rainy day, with beautiful views across to kerrera.

Designed in the Neo-Gothic style, building started in 1932 and didn’t finish until 1952.



  1. Island Tours 

With our west coast location, 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 apartments, Imperial and Argyll Mansions. Whichever island(s) you choose to explore, there’s beauty and tranquillity even in the rain. If you are wanting a trip to mull for the day and just want to go over as a foot passenger, check out our Seaside apartment for availability as this property has its own private car parking spot (free of charge) and a 2 minute walk to the ferry terminal. 

A day trip to Mull is one of our guests’ favourite excursions as this Hebridean island is known for its incredible landscapes.

If you’d like to stay a little bit closer to Oban due to seasickness and do not want to venture too far on a boat, I recommend travelling to Kerrera, either side of the island the boat is only 2 minutes. On the far side at Gallanach pier you can explore the ruins of Gylen Castle, the stronghold of the MacDougalls of Lorne and on the north pier side you can venture over to have some grub at the pub with some freshly caught sea food. Boats run every half hour on the hour so can catch one at any time and can pay on board.




Scuba diving 

There’s no better way to escape the rain than to fully emerge yourself underwater and discover a whole new world located in the depths of Obans coastline. Take the plunge and why not try a dive at Scotland’s premier scuba diving centre - Puffin Dive Centre and feel for yourself the ability to breath underwater to witness underwater life swimming with all species of local fish, crabs and octopus. Whether you’re a total beginner or a professional diver, Puffin dive has your next adventure awaiting. Book your session and learn more here.



  1. Boat trips/tours

Boat trips are the best way to see the most spectacular scenery the west coast has to offer. These trips are enjoyed by people of all ages and create memorable family experiences and intimate family bonding time. See the wildlife, anything from the harbour seals to basking sharks, minke whales, otters, dolphins a lots of bird life. Better yet you can be dry and undercover for most of them as well when it pours down. All trips usually leave from the harbour front, see some of our many trips and tours below:, ,,,,  



  1. Castle hunting

Oban never falls short of places to explore. Combine adventure with education and hunt down the wonderful and fascinating acient castles and learn about the clans that use to run them. Escape the rain and take your car for a tour round the old scary castles where the kids will love to find secrets caves and holes to run through, makes the perfect day-trip for you and your family and tires the kids out - added bonus!


  1. Chocolate Factory 

If you’re looking for time to dry off and escape indoors then relax and indulge in Oban’s very own chocolate company. There’s nothing kids (and adults) love more than do indulge in some chocolate, I recommend the waffles – they are amazing!! You can even watch the chocolate being made while you wait for your waffle in the factory shop window. View more;






  1. Horse riding Oban

If your child or teenager has dreamt of owning their own pony, then they will have to get used to being out in the rain and it’s a big factor being out in it, cant stop just because of the weather. What better way to get a feel for it than in the highlands discovering some of the most scenic locations! Oban’s riding centre, Achnalarig Riding Stables specialises in pony riding for all ages and abilities -

If your staying in our Grannda Mhor house, Quayside or Harbour Master Apartments your nearest riding centre is Luna Stables at Craobh Haven -  


  1. Cycling Oban

Oban is the perfect family retreat with many amazing places to go cycling. With forest tracks and paths for mountain biking or single roads suitable for all bikes, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy. Ride through the beautiful Lerags glen if you’re staying at Achalic Beag or Tigh Beg Croft, coming into spring now you can watch the lambs jump about. If you want to venture further afield catch the ferry and discover the nearby island routes. Take a visit to Oban cycles shop and they will kit you out for your adventure.


We have many accommodations to choose from to enjoy one another’s company. Please see all availability we have left for the Spring and Summer.

For all information provided above please see Oban tourist information office located on the pier for all the up to dates times and dates for excursions, boat times, prices etc. We hope you have a wonderful time here in Oban, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for any questions.




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