There is nothing I love more then a cheeky little weekender. Scotland has so many beautiful destinations, perfect for getaways with friends, family or your partner. Not long ago, I made my first venture to West Scotland to the seaside town of Oban.
In Gaelic, 'Oban' means 'little Bay' which for me just sums up its cute vibe. It's like something straight from a Nicholas Sparks novel, only with less heart wrenching drama. We arrived on a customary bleak Scottish day, when the wind was howling through the bay and most of the locals were safely indoors. We checked in to the Alltavona Guest House on the Corran Esplanade- conveniently just down the road from Oban's Chocolate Company... coincidence, I promise.
If there's one thing Oban does well, it's seafood. My favourite food of all time is Fish and Chips, so I consider myself a bit of an expert in that field. Over the course of the weekend, I ate A LOT of seafood. Traditional fish and chips, prawns, crabs, and my first ever taste of lobster. My favourite spot was the seafood shack that was on the pier-front next to the Ferry Terminal.
After consuming such a ridiculous amount of food, I had to do something to work off all of those calories. McCaigs Tower was the perfect challenge. The Tower, on the hillside behind the main town centre, was built over a 5 year period from 1895. It was supposed to be finished off as an enclosed art gallery, but like some Scottish landmarks (*cough* National Monument of Scotland *cough*) it was never finished. It's a steep uphill walk to the Tower, but the views across Oban Bay are beautiful.
After so much exercise, I needed a drink so I headed to the Oban Distillery which has the most adorable frontage I've seen on a distillery. If whisky is your thing then you can even go for a guided tour of the distillery including some taste testing at the end.
I feel like the road to Oban is the real Scotland. The scenery was constantly changing and simply beautiful. Glens, mountains and lochs all passed by, each more beautiful than the last. It took us 4 hours to drive to Oban from Edinburgh, mostly because we kept having to stop to admire how beautiful Scotland is.
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