Whisky Distilleries and Bars in ObanThere are, of course, many great reasons to visit Oban, from its stunning scenery to its quaint streets filled with shops and cafes. But one of the main things that draws people to Oban is its greatest export: whisky. As well as the historic Oban Distillery, the town is home to a number of whisky bars and shops where you can sample a delicious dram – or more – of this fine tipple.
Located right in the heart of the town, Oban Distillery should be the first place on your itinerary when planning your Oban whisky route. Founded in 1794, the distillery is primarily known for its 14-year-old malt, but it also produces an 18-year-old among others. It is possible to do tours of the distillery to find out more about how they make the whiskies and produce the distinct Oban flavour.
If you catch a ferry over to the Isle of Mull, you will also be able to visit the Tobermoray Distillery. This distillery is famous for two main reasons. Firstly, it is the only distillery on the island and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, dating back to 1798. Secondly, it produces two very distinct single malt whiskies: one unpeated Tobermory, and the smoky, peated Ledaig. Because of its popularity, tours should be booked in advance.
Oban Whisky Bars and Pubs
Oban is a lively town with an abundance of places to enjoy a drink, especially for the size of the town. With so many places to choose from, it might seem to be a daunting task to find the ones which have the best selection of whiskies. To help you decide, here is a list of the best places to sample whisky in Oban.
The Lorne Bar: a cosy, traditional pub, the Lorne Bar is located in the centre of Oban and is a favourite among both locals and tourists. As well as its magnificent selection of malt whiskies, they also do excellent food, especially seafood.
The Cellar Bar at the Regents Hotel: in addition to having one of the largest collections of malt whiskies in Oban, the Cellar Bar also specialise in gin cocktails.
Markie Dans: another pub with a huge selection of whiskies, Markie Dans also boasts a beer garden with the best view in the town, so you can enjoy your whisky while enjoying the view over Oban Bay.
The Oban Inn: one of the town’s most iconic pubs, the Oban Inn dates back to 1790 and there is certainly a lot of history here to take in while you sip your whisky. Nautical artefacts and old photographs adorn the walls, and there are even stained glass panels originally from an Irish monastery here.
The Whisky Bar at King’s Knoll Hotel: known as Oban’s top whisky bar, here you will find a wide range of whiskies from the West Coast of Scotland, and you can even try a traditional Oban ale with a whisky chaser.
Oban Whisky Shops
Oban has two main whisky shops where you can purchase some of the town’s produce: the Whisky Shop and Oban Whisky and Fine Wines. Both can be found in the town centre and sell wide selections of single malt and other whiskies. Oban Whisky and Fine Wines even have a courier service and do worldwide shipping, so if you are travelling from abroad and do not want to risk carrying bottles back with you, this is a great service to take advantage of. 2019 Spring - Wine List - Single Prices