Oban has long been known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' and Calmac ferries still take thousands of folk out to the islands, but more recently the town has become known as the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland'. This is quite a claim for a town clinging to the west coast of Scotland, but for such a tiny town (8,500 pop) it does have a remarkable number of award winning restaurants - many of whom make use of the bounty from the sea on their doorstep. The area is also one of Scotland's most productive (and historic) for aquaculture. The first mussel farm in Britain began at Loch Etive. There are several salmon and trout farms in the area and oyster trestles can be seen at low tide at many bays around the coast. The fishing industry in Oban is not what it was a century ago when the herring boats would land huge catches at the harbour. Now, most of the boats are fishing for prawns (Langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawn) and lobsters. And nothing beats them fresh from the sea.....

Any quality restaurant would be mad to pass up the opportunity to use this wealth of natural product and a quick look at those appearing regularly on TripAdvisor confirms that for a tourist town the best restaurants punch well above their weight! Some of the best are within hotels so don't rule these out for dinner as most cater for non residents.