Where do we meet?
How do we get there?
You can travel to Oban by bus or train but many people will arrive by car. The road to Oban is very scenic but can get a little busy in summer. Scotland is well served by domestic and international flights, into Edinburgh or Glasgow. Oban is only 2-3 hours drive from these airports. For multi-day tours we meet on Coll - please see the Calmac website for ferry details and prices.
Oban lies on the west coast of Scotland a few hours to the north west of Edinburgh/Glasgow. Although it doesn’t look very far on a map, there are a few hills and glens to travel through before you reach us!
Where we can park our car?
For our tours based in Oban which depart from Dunstaffnage Marina, there is plenty parking at the marina.
For those travelling to Coll via ferry during peak shark season then it depends on the length of the tour. For day tours there are a number of pay and display car parks such as Longsdale next to the Atlantis leisure centre or the Lochavulin next to Tesco.
For those using air travel, the nearest international airports are Edinburgh and Glasgow. Both have regular international and domestic flights from Europe and beyond.
From these airport you need to drive or take the train to Oban. If you’re taking the train, the easier connection is flying into Glasgow and you can easily catch a taxi to Queen Street station.
We can arrange private mini-bus transfers for groups from Edinburgh or Glasgow. They work out around £60-£80pp return with a boat sized group (max 12). for more info.
Trains can be taken from anywhere in Scotland but the service to Oban goes from Glasgow. If you’re travelling from Edinburgh, you take the Edinburgh to Glasgow train first, then change to the Oban train.
The Oban service starts from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban. It takes around 3 hours is a lovely scenic train ride through the Highlands. See here for the Oban station guide. Look out for the west highlands timeable.
For those travelling from London, an interesting and easy way to travel is using the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train which starts at London Euston. You need to change at Upper Tyndrum for the connection to Oban. See here for details.