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Oban, with almost 8,000 inhabitants, is located on the west coast of Scotland. Protected by a bay and the offshore island of Kerrera, Oban has become a tourist hotspot. Until the 19th century Oban was a small fishing village, then grew into the main ferry port for the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and today is the main ferry port for the offshore islands. In Oban itself, you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade or eat ice cream while watching the sea. Visit the half-finished replica of the Coliseum above the city or the observation deck for even better views of the coastal landscape.
The famous Hebrides are split into inner and outer Hebrides and are separated mainly by the straits Little Minch and North Minch. The inner Hebrides are closer to the mainland and have become a popular holiday destination. The outer Hebrides or Western Islands, belong to the same island chain in the Atlantic Ocean as the Inner Hebrides, but are about 60 km further in the sea. The chain of islands is about 208 km long and runs in a curve from north to south. The Outer Hebrides form an independent council, while the interior belongs to the Argyll & Bute Council.
Due to the direct connection to the sea in Oban, the water sports are particularly popular in Oban. With a speed boat through the surf, a cozy canoe along the coast, deep-sea fishing or white water rafting, you can really find everything you can do on the water. The coastal landscape holds many opportunities for activities too. How about rock climbing, biking on extreme ocean frontlines or diving into undiscovered caves under sea level? From the west coast, you will travel through the unspoilt nature of the Scottish Highlands to the north, where more adventures and opportunities await.
A visit to the Oban Distillery is worthwhile for any thirsty guest. Treat yourself to a Dram at the Visitor Center before taking the ferry to one of the islands. Oban is of course specialized in seafood and fish as it's so close to the water. Whether caught by the local fishermen when deep-sea fishing or seafood from the nets on the coast, in Oban's restaurants only the freshest fish is served. Award-winning restaurant Ee-usk is located directly in the harbor of Oban and hard to miss- the extraordinary attention to detail in the fish and seafood dishes are a unique culinary delight! Another restaurant that specializes in fish is Boxtree, which is especially popular with the locals - they often know what's best.
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