Oban Cruises

Oban is host to some wonderful British scenery and wildlife. You may be lucky enough to spot grey seals, otters and puffins, all within stunning Scottish landscapes. It's also well known for its delicious seafood and fine whisky.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Arduaine Gardens

    The Arduaine Gardens are home to a beautiful and impressive variety of plants in a delightful and tranquil setting.

    Arduaine Gardens

    Your drive to Arduaine Gardens will take you through some beautiful coastal scenery and quaint traditional villages. Enjoy superb views out to Asknish Bay and some of the wildest islands off the coast of Scotland.

    In perfect contrast, Arduaine Gardens offer a sheltered location of woodland with lily strewn ponds, pristine lawns and calming sea views. Developed by one of the great Victorian plant hunters, James Campbell, the gardens are now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The unique 20 acre garden is home to a large variety of plants from around the globe, including rare and tender species which thrive in the warm, west coast climate. Admire towering trees, an abundance of seasonal blooms and award winning rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.

    After your visit, sit back and relax and admire more beautiful scenery on the return drive to Oban.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.The drive to Arduaine Gardens is around one hour. This tour involves around 1½ hours of leisurely walking over varying terrain, including some uneven ground. Flat, comfortable non- slip shoes are recommended. Please note that the flowering plants may not all be in full bloom at the time of your visit.

    Tour code

    OBA_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Inveraray Castle

    Discover the traditional county town of Inveraray and its splendid castle.

    Inveraray Castle

    Leaving the port of Oban, admire the surrounding scenery as you make your way to the Inveraray. This picturesque county town is a fine example of classic 18th century with its dignified Georgian houses. It was constructed in its entirety by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, whose elegant castle lies at its heart.

    Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a visit to Inveraray Castle, one of the great bastions of Scotland's National Heritage. Its fairytale exterior belies the grandeur of its gracious interior, which reflects many fascinating tastes of the Argyll family through the years. ThecCastle remains the home of the Argyll family and during your visit you’ll see a fine collection of family pictures. The castle holds some superb tapestries set in painted rooms of outstanding beauty and one of the highlights is the magnificent Armoury Hall.

    Following your visit to the castle, you’ll head into Inveraray for a short wander through the town, before returning to Oban.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Inveraray is approximately 1¼ hours each way. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain including gravel surfaces at the castle. There are around 64 steps to be negotiated within the castle. Flat, comfortable non- slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    OBA_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Heart of the Highlands

    Enjoy a full day to take in the beauty and breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

    The Heart of the Highlands

    From Oban, you’ll drive to the mouth of Loch Etive and the impressive Connel Bridge before turning inland to the narrow Pass of Brander. Admire Kilchurn Castle, which you’ll pass by en route to Tyndrum, a small town that that developed during the 19th century gold rush. Here, a brief stop will be made before continuing your drive up to the heights of the desolate and eerie Rannoch Moor. This wide expanse of peat bog, heather and windswept pine trees is unique to Scotland.

    You’ll travel through the mountainous Pass of Glencoe, one of the best-known Highland glens, where a short stop will be made for you to admire the dramatic mountain scenery. As your drive follows the banks of Loch Linnhe, you’ll view the staggering Neptune’s Staircase, a series of 7 canal locks which link the Caledonian Canal with the sea loch. You’ll then head to the famous highland town of Fort William, located at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and whose summit is often shrouded in clouds. In Fort William you can enjoy some free time to perhaps purchase luncheon or refreshments and browse the shops.

    From here, you’ll return to Oban via the coastal route which offers more spectacular views to enjoy.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. To allow more flexibility during the free time in Fort William, lunch has not been included in this tour. The return drive to Oban is around 1½ hours. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. To derive full enjoyment from this tour some walking is required, which is over varying terrain including some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember to bring local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    OBA_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    7¼ hours

  • Mountain Gondola Ride, Fort William and Highlands

    A wonderful opportunity to take a ride on a mountain gondola, visit Fort William and take in the spectacular highland scenery.

    Mountain Gondola Ride, Fort William and Highlands

    Admire the beautiful scenery as you travel north from Oban to the Nevis Range. The pretty indented coastline of the Loch Linnhe sea loch to Fort William are amongst the Highlands most impressive.

    Arriving at the foot of Aonach Mor Mountain, you’ll board a mountain gondola for a 15 minute ride that will climb 655 metres. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy spectacular views from the terraced restaurant, where coffee and shortbread will be served. Weather permitting, the highlight is the magnificent views across to Ben Nevis, towering a massive 1344 metres. Your gondola will then take you back to the foot of Aonach Mor, where you’ll take a short drive to the pretty highland town of Fort William. Here, there will be some free time to wander through the town and purchase luncheon or refreshments.

    Afterwards, your journey will continue south east towards the Pass of Glencoe, one of the best-known highland glens. A stop here will allow you to admire the spectacular scenery, before heading to the desolate and eerie Rannoch Moor, a wide expanse of peat bog, heather and windswept pine trees unique to Scotland. You’ll descend down into the small town of Tyndrum for a short stop, before returning to Oban.

    This excursion will operate by coach, gondola and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. This tour involves winding roads and for those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. The drive to the mountain gondola is around 1¾ hours. This tour involves some walking over varying terrain including uneven and rough ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Views are subject to weather conditions on the day.

    Tour code

    OBA_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8¼ hours

  • Cruise around Loch Linnhe and Seal Island

    A boat trip along the shores of Loch Linnhe offers spectacular scenery, unspoilt coastline and is a haven for wildlife.

    Cruise around Loch Linnhe and Seal Island

    Sit back and admire the dramatic and rugged scenery as you travel north from Oban along the Firth of Lorne to Fort William.

    Upon arrival, you’ll board a sightseeing boat for a ride along the sea loch, Loch Linnhe. The surrounding scenery is quite spectacular with unique views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The area is home to a multitude of wildlife and species such as the Grey Heron, Oyster Catchers and Cormorants, which are often seen. You’ll pass by Seal Island where you’ll have the opportunity to observe a colony of wild seals in their natural habitat. Just beyond Seal Island, you can look ahead and see Loch Linnhe stretching out to the open sea.

    During your cruise, there will be refreshments available for purchase.

    Once back on dry land, you’ll take the return drive to Oban with the opportunity to admire more of the wonderful scenery along the way.

    This excursion will operate by coach and by boat. The journey to Loch Linnhe is around 1¼ hours each way. The boat trip is not exclusive to Cunard. The cruise will last approximately 1½ hours. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach, 10 steps to board the boat and around 10 steps once on board the boat. It is important to note that a degree of agility is required. Please wear flat comfortable non slip shoes, and it is advisable to take a waterproof jacket. Local currency is required for purchases on board the boat.

    Tour code

    OBA_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Highland Panorama

    A panoramic drive that captures the breathtaking beauty of the Highlands.

    Highland Panorama

    Your drive will leave Oban and take you to the mouth of Loch Etive and the impressive Connel Bridge. You’ll continue along the picturesque banks, before turning inland to the narrow Pass of Brander, passing by Kilchurn Castle. A brief stop will be made in the small town of Tyndrum, before slowly heading up to the heights of the desolate and eerie Rannoch Moor. This wide expanse of peat bog, heather and windswept pine trees, is unique to Scotland.
    <>br> Next you’ll continue through the Pass of Glencoe, scene of the infamous Highland massacre of the MacDonald Clan in 1692 by the Campbells. Here, a short photograph stop will be made for you to admire the awe-inspiring mountain scenery.

    Your return drive to Oban will be via the lovely coastal route with views out to sea lochs and islands.

    During your tour, a stop will be made at a loch side hotel where tea or coffee and a scone will be served.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate the steps on to and off the coach. This tour involves windy roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions.

    Tour code

    OBA_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Spectacular Highland Railway Journey

    Step aboard the Jacobite steam train and embark on, what is regarded to be one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

    Spectacular Highland Railway Journey

    Your journey will begin with a drive to the famous highland town of Fort William, located at the base of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Admire the breathtaking scenery that will surround you en route.

    Arriving into Fort William, you’ll head to the railway station to board the Jacobite steam train. Sit back and relax as you prepare for a wonderful train ride through the highlands. Your journey will cross the Caledonian Canal with its impressive series of lock gates, known as Neptune’s Staircase, before travelling along the shores of Locheil and cutting inland to Glenfinnan. Here, you’ll cross the stunning 21 arch concrete viaduct that featured in the Harry Potter films and which offers fantastic views down Loch Shiel.

    Your train journey continues, passing the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar, catching glimpses of the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye with its silvery beaches featured in the films ‘Highlander’ and ‘Local Hero’.

    Arriving into the fishing port of Mallaig, your train ride draws to an end. Here, you’ll disembark and enjoy around an hour of free time to purchase a snack or refreshment, before rejoining your coach for the return drive to Oban. En route you’ll enjoy a short stop at Glenfinnan to view the viaduct from a different angle, and there’ll be a photo opportunity at Neptunes Staircase.

    Lunch is not included on your tour and you may wish to consider a hearty breakfast before leaving the ship. Snacks will be available to purchase on board the train and during the free time in Mallaig.

    This excursion will operate by train, coach and on foot. Early booking is essential as there are only 128 places available on this tour on a first come first served basis. Bookings for this tour will close on 6th APRIL 2015. This tour is non-refundable once booked. West Coast Railways reserve the right to substitute the steam train for a diesel train, which is a situation beyond our control. The train coaches are standard class only with tables of four. This tour is not exclusive to Cunard and carriages will be shared. The scenery experienced on the Jacobite Train journey will mirror some of that seen during the coach drive. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. The drive to Fort William is around 1½ hours. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. There are 3 steps to board the train. Please remember to bring local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    OBA_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    8¾ hours