Oban is the CalMac ferry hub for all of the Hebrides
It´s small and it’s in the middle of the city! You spot it just under the yellow crane. Tide/flood = 5 m ca
Less than 10 people - I think they were 7 - by my latest visit in the middle of the typical summer city of Oban. Having had my boat out on the facing Island of Kerrera for a couple year and the ferry mooring just across the street I looked in now and then. This is a small distillery built at the edge of the sea.
When brothers Hugh and John Stevenson arrived at the frontier of the Hebrides Islands in 1793, they found little more than a natural harbor and a windswept view. Here they opened the Oban Brewing Company, their ‘Cowbell Ale’ being the first production. They started distilling whisky the following year. The business remained in the Stevenson family for three generations, until local merchant Peter Cumpstie purchased it in 1830. In 1880, the railroad steamed into Oban, inaugurating a new age of improved communication and transport. The distillery has changed ownership over the years and witnessed a bustling town grow up around it. But our fierce commitment to excellence and tradition has been constant. IN 1989, Oban 14 Year Old was named one of six Classic Malts representing the Western Highlands region.
Really - no one that just visit Oban for whatever purpose is surprised to find a distillery just along the main street.
You can take the train... both signs take you to the same place
Take the chance before you go to any other Island from CalMac’s Ferry hub to visit Oban. Well worth a visit - even different from most sites you saw or will see. The situation and places that creates a distilleri site is different for sure!
PS At the waterfront you can by any lobster, crab or scallop you can think of... and you don’t need to. do like I did -you can get them served!