Image description: overview of Oban on the water.
Looking to plan a trip to Oban and not sure where will be accessible? Our guide to accessible places in Oban has been created using reviews from other disabled people. So read on, whether you are looking for places that are wheelchair friendly or inspiration for a great disabled holiday.
The popular west-coast holiday town that is the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban is nestled in a horseshoe bay in the Firth of Lorn and is surrounded with panoramic views of Scottish mountains, lochs and islands. The modern town grew up around a distillery which was founded in 1794 and is overlooked by the postcard icon, McCaig Tower. The town’s position in the bay means that residents and visitors can enjoy stunning west-coast sunsets and fresh seafood giving Oban the title of ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’. With tourism as its main industry today, there are always ferries pulling in and out of the bay making it possible to visit the nearby islands during your stay.
Getting here and exploring the isles
The nearest airport to Oban is Glasgow Airport which has an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 on Euan's Guide. There is a Changing Places facility in the airport's main check-in hall.
With tourism as its main industry today, there are always ferries pulling in and out of the bay making it possible to visit the nearby islands during your stay.
The MV Isle of Mull Ferry has one review which details how you can travel safely with a disability. They tell us "if you are going as a foot passenger there is a large number of stairs and no life. Please note if you are booking this ferry please advise them that you have a disability as it should then make them aware that you will be travelling."
The MV Lord of the Isles, MV Eigg, MV Loch Striven, and MV Clansman are all listed on Euan's Guide but have not been reviewed yet. Could you be the first to submit a disabled access review?
The west coast of Scotland is great for outdoor activities and there is an abundance of lodges and chalets in the great outdoors available to hire. Port Selma Lodges have a 5 star review and is located just 5 minutes from a beach. On guest loved staying and wrote:
"Port Selma lodges are two wonderful wooden chalets in a lovely, quiet location with wonderful views which happen to be fully accessible! The pictures on the website don’t do justice to how beautifully done and well-maintained they are."
Willow 10 Chalet also has a 5 star review and is situated in a ‘stunning area’ at Benderloch. A guest who stayed here told us: "the chalet was ideal for a power wheelchair user like me. There is a track hoist in the bedroom so bring your sling if you need to use it."
If you are looking for accommodation close to local amenities and attractions, look out for The Ranald Hotel which one reviewer described as having a "roomy accessible room," and staff were friendly and helpful.
The Wide Mouthed Frog Hotel & Restaurant had accessible facilities which one reviewer tells us deserved 5 stars! There is accessible parking on site, en-suite bathrooms and good staff awareness about disability.
If you're in the mood for luxury accommodation, Seabank Lodge overlooking Loch Creran has listed its disabled access information on Euan's Guide. The lodge sleeps up to 8 people with the 'ground floor accessible for wheelchair users.' For travellers on a budget, Oban Youth Hostel has private en-suite rooms in a lovely seafront location.
Food and drink
The Corryvreckan is a pub that serves food including breakfasts and has a 3.5 star review on Euan’s Guide. Alternatively, Oban Bay has 3.5 stars and is a fish bar which runs a take-away as well as a spacious sit-in restaurant. They also offer a gluten free menu.
The Lorne Bar is described as having "fabulous food at reasonable prices," and is an overall accesible pub. This pub features a beer garden and is also close to transport hubs and town facilities.
For those with a sweet tooth, one reviewer recommends the Oban Chocolate Company on the Oban promenade. The cafe has "level access and a sufficient space" for wheelchair users to get around.
Things to do
If you're in search of a Scottish castle to explore, Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel is where Flora MacDonald was imprisoned after helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland. With lots of historic stone steps and a wooden staircase, the castle isn't the most accessible, but for those who can manage the stairs, modern handrails have been fitted for extra support and safety as you climb. The shop has been listed as having step-free access.
Have you visited Oban?
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Last updated – August 2020