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Oban's History

The modern town of Oban grew around its famous distillery which was founded in 1794. However, evidence of its ancient origins are still apparent in, and surrounding, the town today.

In many ways, the views are unchanged from the time when the famous MacDougall Clan ruled Scotland from their strongholds in Argyll. We’ve listed some of the great sights that welcome visitors from Oban and beyond to learn of the town’s amazing ancient history.

Dunollie Castle & Museum

Dunollie Castle and its museum is a great place to visit to discover the history and life of the Clan MacDougall.

Many years ago, the MacDougalls ruled large areas across Dunollie and greater Argyll. The grounds surrounding the castle and museum offer beautiful woodland trails that are ready to be explored. Discover the spectacular Willow Hall, Faerie Garden and the magnificent castle ruins. Wherever you explore, you will be afforded panoramic views across Oban Bay and beyond.

Dunstaffnage Castle

Visit the local castle where King Robert the Bruce was once captured.

Dunstaffnage Castle, which is built on a rock, lies 3 miles north of Oban and is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, known as the home to the famous MacDougalls. The surrounding woodland grounds are definitely worth a wander, and you can look forward to spotting some of the rare wildlife that now inhabits the castle.

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