Oban is a coastal town within Argyll and Bute, at the western end of the A85. To the north is the island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.
Oban has a railway station where daily services operate to and from Glasgow Queen Street. There are regular bus services to Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, as well as other Scottish cities. Oban is a vital ferry port, known as the Gateway to the Isles. Ferries sail from here to the islands of Lismore, Colonsay, Islay, Coll and Tiree, as well as to Craignure on Mull, Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on South Uist.