Corran Halls, Oban
Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, is a small town with a population of around 8000 people and is the gateway to the Western Isles. It is easily reached by car, bus, or train from Glasgow and Edinburgh in the south, and by car and bus from Inverness in the north. We encourage all EIMR delegates to consider using public transportation as part of their journey to Oban, which is well-served by both buses and trains with connections to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and further afield; travel information is contained within the sections below.
Travel to Oban
International visitors usually arrive at Glasgow International Airport, Edinburgh Airport, or Prestwick Airport, travelling onwards to Oban by bus, train, or car. Regular bus services run between Glasgow International and Edinburgh Airports, and the Glasgow city centre. From Glasgow city centre, Oban can be reached by bus (from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station) or by train (from Glasgow Queen Street Station).
- Citylink Air bus from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow City Centre
- Glasgow Airport Express bus from Glasgow International Airport to Glasgow City Centre
Oban is regularly serviced by ScotRail’s West Highland Line, which runs between Glasgow’s Queen Street Station and Oban. The West Highland Line is often cited as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, so relax and enjoy! Train information, schedules, and tickets. The line terminates in the centre of Oban.
Citylink bus services provide regular links between Glasgow and Oban, Edinburgh and Oban (via Glasgow), and Inverness and Oban (via Ft. William). Bus information, schedules, and tickets.
Car drivers can reach Oban in 2h 30 min from Glasgow via the A82 and A85, in 3h 15 min from Edinburgh via the M9, A84, and A85, and in 2h 45 from Inverness via the A82. You can visit The AA or RAC websites to plan your route.
Oban is also a hub for CalMac ferry routes to the western Isles, so if you are coming from the Isles this is a a really useful option. You can, of course, also take a trip to the isles if you wish to extend your stay, all timetable options can be found on the CalMac website.
Corran Halls in Oban
If using SatNav to get to the venue, the address is 54 Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AB.
If you need a taxi while in Oban try: Alba Taxis (01631 566 676); Argyll Taxis (01631 565 293); Etive Taxis (01631 566 880); Lorn Taxi (01631 564 744); Tower Taxis (01631 569 999); West Coast Taxis (01631 563 777). However, Oban is a small town so, if walking is an option for you, once here you should find most accomodation is within 15 minutes walk of the town and Corran Halls.