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Staying in Oban

Oban has been referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ as from here you can explore the Hebrides by ferry. Oban itself offers an abundance of adventure with epic hiking, great food and water sports. It can be very busy over the summer as it is a popular tourist destination so make sure to book your stay ahead of time.

There is an abundance of accommodation in Oban, if you are staying here just for a connecting ferry to Coll we recommend staying close to the ferry terminal as the service departs early.
There are many independently owned guesthouses and B&Bs, one we would recommend is Glenroy Guesthouse.

For a more luxury option you can check out The Perle.

Kintaline house a very nice self catering option, 10 minute drive from marina and close to Tralee beach.

There are also plenty of Air BnBs in Oban if you prefer to self cater.

Staying in Coll

The Isle of Coll has limited options for accommodation, and books up far in advance. You can find out more about staying in Coll here, but below are our top recommendations.

Tigh Na Mara – This family owned bed and breakfast offers a friendly welcome, comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast to start the day. Evening meals are available on some nights, with a harbour side view you may be able to spot wildlife whilst having your morning coffee. We have some rooms reserved here just for our guests, please get in touch with us to discuss availability.

The Coll Hotel – The Coll Hotel boasts an award winning restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For some island luxury, you can book direct here.

The Coll Bunkhouse – The Bunkhouse offers a mix of dorms and family suites. There are also spaces you can book for van or motorhome camping. Book direct!

Self Catering – There are several self catering options on the island, we have a limited amount of reserved self catering for our week tour guests. If you are looking to book your own self catered stay you can see here for a list of options. Please note that distances in Coll can be deceiving, the roads are all single track so you are best staying close to the village. If you do not have a car your options would be restricted to properties in Arinagour, double check before booking!

Camping – An option for the adventurers! Weather in the Hebrides can be challenging so please come adequately prepared if you plan on camping, you can see the link for suggested sites. There is also the option of van camping which is becoming increasingly popular. Make sure to book your vehicle onto the ferry asap.

Campervan Hire –  another option is hiring a bespoke campervan locally. Catch public transport to Oban then pick up your van and head over to Coll on the ferry. There is the choice of two vans but they do get very busy in summer so you need to book the van and ferry well in advance.  Facilities and parking is available on the island via the link above.

Getting around Oban

For those joining our Oban tours the boat departs from the pontoon on the Oban waterfront next to the North Pier.

We recommend staying in the town centre as this is where you will find most restaurants, bars and beaches! Look for accommodation that offers parking as the summer in Oban is busy. There are more details in our Travel FAQ section.

Looking for some things to do, check out our blog on things to do around Oban.

Local Amenities


Oban has everything you could need for your Scottish holiday, supermarkets, fuel stations, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. As well as public transport links, ferry services to the islands and a selection of adventure sports and wildlife experiences. You can see the Oban tourism website for more information on activities, eating, drinking and staying!

For buying supplies there is a Tesco, Aldi, Lidi and M&S all centrally located.


The Isle of Coll lies in the Inner Hebrides, having a population of approximately 250 people there are far less facilities here. We do recommend coming prepared for your trip and we will send you a comprehensive information document with your booking to help you plan. There is a small shop on the island which has a good selection of food. We recommend booking evening meals in advance and all relevant links and information will be sent in your info pack! We do recommend fuelling your vehicle before boarding the ferry as fuel is expensive in Coll and the opening hours are limited.