Oban is easily reached from either Glasgow International Airport or Edinburgh International Airport, each about a two-hour drive away.  Both airports serve several airlines from throughout Europe and the U.S.  You can also fly to Oban from Glasgow on the seaplane - which lands in Oban bay. Many people choose to rent a car from the airport and drive to Oban because of the beautiful scenery along Scotland's west coast.  Driving themselves, people are free to stop and enjoy things along the way, taking their time.  (Drivers should be warned, however, that in Scotland, as with other parts of the UK, driving is done on the left side of the road.)  Maps and route planners for drivers are available by clicking here.

Those who may not wish to drive to Oban can take a bus from either airport.  Buses run on regular schedules seven days a week.  The train is another popular way to get to Oban.  From Glasgow, passengers can ride the famous West Highland Line directly to Oban.  See their website for timetables and fares. During the summer there are also coaches from other Scottish cities such as Inverness, Perth and Dundee. This summer Scotrail is running a Sunday special service to Oban directly from Edinburgh. The service starts on Sunday 25th July and costs £30 for a day return ticket. It gives passengers five hours in Oban which is just enough time to visit McCaig's tower, the beach, the shops, the distillery - or just have a long, leisurely lunch looking out over Oban bay.