Oban means ‘the little bay’ and this tiny town on a perfect horseshoe bay is easily able to welcome international cruise liners

An MSC Cruise to Oban, Scotland; the little place with a big appeal

In Gaelic, Oban means ‘the little bay’ and this tiny town on a perfect horseshoe bay is easily able to welcome international cruise liners. Situated on the Firth of Lorn (‘firth’ meaning ‘inlet’ or ‘estuary’), Oban is a gateway to the other Scottish isles of Mull and Lorn. Oban has a well-appointed cruise terminal, and our luxury MSC cruise ships call at this delightful isle en route to other destinations in Northern Europe and the Nordics.

Although small, Oban really packs a punch with some big attractions. Our excursion packages are designed to help travellers make the most of their time onshore and enjoy the best deals on the most popular holiday attractions. The top sights include Oban Distillery (a working Scotch Malt distillery), the ruins at Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig's Tower, a folly that dominates the Oban skyline. With its mystical standing stones, prehistoric burial chambers and ancient rock carvings, Kilmartin Glen is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Garden lovers will enjoy the scenic setting of Arduaine Gardens, and the plant collections carefully compiled by enthusiastic Victorian botanists.

There are many opportunities for scenic trips inland to the lovely Loch Lomond, Loch Awe and Glencoe. Romantic and imposing, Inveraray Castle is perhaps the most impressive castle in all of Scotland; it is open to the public and boasts beautiful gardens, together with staggeringly grand halls, banqueting rooms, opulent bedrooms and suites. Oban offers all the ingredients for a perfect stop during your cruise vacation: a little place sure to leave you with big memories.

Cruise to Oban - UK - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises


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