Silversea Luxury Cruises À OBAN (Argyll)

OBAN (Argyll)

Oban, "little bay" in Gaelic, today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles." The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots. View more

It is no surprise to find Oban in the 21st-century remains a magnet for travellers from all over the world. The town's present day popularity owes much to the Victorians, and as early as 1812, when the Comet steamship linked Oban with Glasgow, the town played host to intrepid travellers touring Staffa - the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture - and Iona - home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563. Indeed once Oban had the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria, who called it "one of the finest spots we have seen," the town's destiny as an endearingly enchanting holiday destination was as firmly set as the lava columns of Fingal's Cave in Oban is justifiably known as the “gateway to the Isles.” The town's south pier is the embarkation point for car ferries to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay. From these islands you can travel further a field to Iona, Staffa and to many of the smaller less well known isles.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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LONDON (Tower Bridge) À LONDON (Tower Bridge)
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    juil. 20 2019
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LONDON (Tower Bridge) À LONDON (Tower Bridge)
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    mai 13 2020
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    12 Jours
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    mai 29 2020
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Excursions depuis OBAN (Argyll)

Inveraray Castle

Discover the spectacular Inverary Castle, nestled along Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea loch. As one of the first examples of Gothic Revival architecture, this impressive structure built in 1746 was to replace an earlier 15th century castle. Inverary is a manor home and has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll (chiefs of the Clan Campbell) since the 18th century.


Take a Scenic Drive through the Highlands with Amazing Views

Departing the pier, enjoy the picturesque scenery that stretches from Oban all the way to Inverary (75-minute drive). Drive the scenic roads from Oban to Inveraray, travelling alongside the lovely and narrow Loch Etive. Pass through Taynuilt, offering views of Ben Cruachan, the impressive 1,126-metre peak that is the highest point in Argyll. Drive over the Pass of Brander past Loch Awe and see the striking ruins of Kilchurn Castle.


Inverary Castle Tour

Arrive at Inveraray in the wooded Glen of Array, located along the untouched shores of Loch Fyne. Walk a short distance from the picturesque town of Inveraray to see the imposing Inverary Castle. Meet your guide, taking in a brief historic overview of the small town and local area before continuing to this incredible castle.


Inverary Castle is set within 16 acres of parkland, much of which is manicured into formal gardens that have only recently been opened to visitors. The impressive structure of the castle itself combines Baroque, Palladian and Gothic architecture and has been home to the Dukes of Argyll since it was built in the 18th century. See some of the Argyll family's collection of family portraits and tapestries, French 18th-century furniture and an impressive collection of arms and armour. Discover these artifacts or stroll through the gardens until it is time to make the return trip to the pier.



Please note: There are a number of steps and uneven surfaces to travel at the castle and grounds, making this tour not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach on their own. Guests are recommended to dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Kilmartin Glen - Scotland's Stonehenge

This excursion is no ordinary hike; discover Kilmartin Glen, the site of more than 800 ancient historic landmarks in a 6-mile radius. Departing the pier, drive one hour to arrive at the Kilmartin House Museum to set the scene for yourself, learning about the life and inhabitants of the Kilmartin Glen. Travel back over 5,000 years as you uncover the mysteries of this incredible place.


Kilmartin Glen

The Kilmartin Glen is replete with hundreds of cairns, megaliths, inscribed stones, hill-top forts and other monuments. While their meaning today is not fully known, anthropologists and astronomers concur that the orientation of these stone structures was likely meant to connect with the cycle of the seasons and the movements of stars, the moon and the sun.


Nether Largie Standing Stones

Meet your expert guide and take a walking tour of this memorable place. Accompanied by your guide, visit some of these prehistoric monuments in Kilmartin Glen. See the Nether Largie standing stones, four large monolithic stones called menhirs in two pairs that are spaced 70 m apart, with one single menhir in the centre. Around this structure are another 8 smaller stones (one of which is fallen).


Temple Wood and Nether Largie South Cairn

Visit also Temple Wood, a structure of two stone circles that may have been burial grounds in 3000 BC. A major highlight of this tour is the impressive Nether Largie South Cairn, the oldest monument of the linear cemetery and dates from the fourth millennium BC. Built in the Neolithic period, this burial chamber (called a chambered cairn) has been extensively excavated, uncovering archeological finds including arrowheads and pottery. Hear the history and theories of these remarkable monuments and their place in this unique landscape.


Make the return one-hour drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking (90 minutes, approximately 4 miles), some of it over potentially wet or muddy terrain. There are some unpaved surfaces and gravel paths, as well as muddy walkways, making this tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. Due to the distance covered, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise walkers or a wheelchair; guests must be able to board and disembark the coach without assistance.This tour is not recommended for children as the excursion entails an extremely long walk. Guests are recommended to dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes or boots that are appropriate for hiking, as well as a light jacket, camera and binoculars. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Loch Fyne Seafood…and Fyne Ale!

See the beauty and discover the charms of Loch Fyne, a sea loch off the Cowal peninsula and a destination for sports fishermen and tourists alike. This region is known for its world-renowned seafood, especially its delicious oysters. Today's excursion offers the opportunity to taste two local specialties: the Loch Fyne oyster and Loch Fyne ale.


Loch Fyne Oyster Tasting

Depart the pier and drive 90 minutes through the breathtaking scenery of the Argyll countryside, alongside Loch Etive and Loch Awe, passing the beautiful ruins of Kilchurn Castle. Arrive in Cairndow at the head of Loch Fyne for a taste of the Loch Fyne Oysters' exquisite products.


Located along the rugged shores of Loch Fyne itself, Loch Fyne Oysters prides itself on being awarded the Queens Award for Excellence in 2015 for their excellent seafood featured in Michelin-starred restaurants and prestigious retailers. Receive an introduction to the Loch Fyne Oysters' harvesting methods, history and products. And then enjoy the much-awaited tasting of oysters and other delightful treats.


Tour of Loch Fyne Ales and Tasting

Next drive just 15 minutes down the road for the perfect follow-up to the seafood tasting; have some beer! Take a tour of the award-willing Fyne Ales brewery, home of a wide range of modern British ales, all located in a picturesque setting. Learn how Fyne Ales brews its beer in the British Cask Ale tradition, and enjoy some delicious beer samples while enjoying the bucolic beauty of the natural setting around you.


Make the 90-minute return drive to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with 5 steps at Loch Fyne Ales and approximately 25 steps at another site. There are some unpaved surfaces and gravel paths, as well as muddy and uneven terrain at Loch Fyne Ales, making this tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. Due to the steps and uneven ground in many places, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise walkers or a wheelchair; guests must be able to board and disembark the coach without assistance. The culinary portion of this tour is not suitable for guests with seafood allergies. This tour is not recommended for children as the excursion is centred around an alcohol tasting. Guests are recommended to dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Oban Walking Tour And Distillery

Explore the history and charm of Oban, translating from the Scottish Gaelic to "little bay." Despite its modest size, Oban boasts many desirable sites to discover, including McCaig's Tower, St. Columba's Cathedral, its bustling Harbour, and of course the Oban Distillery! Enjoy a walking tour and then an introduction to the Oban distillery for a lovely tasting of Scotland's national drink.


Fascinating Walking Tour of Oban

Departing the pier, meet your local guide and take an information-packed tour of charming Oban. Walk up the steep incline to McCaig's Tower, modeled after Greek and Roman architecture and commissioned by a local philanthropist and banker to provide winter work for local stonemasons. The tower was not completed before the owner and architect, John Stuart McCaig, passed away, and so only its impressive stone wall was built.


The climb to the tower is worth the effort for the picturesque Harbour views it offers. See nearby islands and the entire cityscape laid out before you. Then descend back to sea level and visit St. Columba's Cathedral, seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles. Completed in 1959, this pink-stoned structure with inlaid blue Inverawe granite is deceptive in the simplicity found within its interior, for all its exterior splendour.


Whisky Tasting at Oban Distillery

Cap off your tour of Oban with a to visit Oban Distillery, situated just 208 steps from the sea, where these makers of Scotland's national drink have been following the same traditions since 1794. Discover the stages of production on your tour and then of course get the opportunity to taste the final product.


At the end of your distillery tour, you have the option of continuing to explore this charming seaside town further or return to the pier with your guide.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with 3.5 hours of walking and standing at the distillery, including numerous stairs, and the climb of McCaigs Tower is up to 220 feet above sea level. Due to the steps and uneven ground in many places, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise walkers or a wheelchair; guests must be able to board and disembark the coach without assistance. This tour is not suitable for children as the excursion is centred around an alcohol tasting. Guests are recommended to dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Scottish Highlands & Glencoe with Visitor Centre

Visit and explore the exquisitely beautiful and history-laden region surrounding majestic Glencoe. Take in the beautiful green, rolling landscape and discover the history of the Glencoe Massacre. Drive past more stunning scenery on your return trip.


Departing Oban, drive two hours to Glencoe through the beautiful scenery of the Pass of Brander and around the tip of Loch Awe with views of Kilchurn Castle. Make a short stop in Tyndrum and continue to Rannoch Moor, the Great Moor known as a last remaining European wilderness.


Arrive in the resplendent region of Glencoe, filled with natural beauty and stark history. Glencoe is the scene of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald of Glencoe family, murdered for not showing prompt allegiance to the new monarches, William III of England and Mary II of Scotland. Learn all about this history at the Glencoe Visitors Centre; discover the history, geology and nature of this lovely region.


After your tour of Glencoe and the visotrs centre is complete, continue along your route, driving along spectacular Loch Linnhe to see the picturesque islands of Lismore and Mull, as well as Castle Stalker, with its tower house set against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains. Return to the ship.



Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at each guest's discretion; there are mostly paved surfaces at the visitors centre. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach on their own but the visitors centre is wheelchair accessible. Guests are recommended to dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.