Getting There -- From Glasgow, the West Highland train lines run directly to Oban, with departures from Glasgow's Queen Street Station (call tel. 08457/484-950 for 24-hr. info). Three trains per day (only two on Sun) make the 3-hour run to Oban, a one-way fare costing £8.60 to £19.
Frequent coaches depart from Buchanan Station in Glasgow, taking about the same time as the train, although a one-way fare is only £14. Call Scottish Citylink at tel. 08705/505-050 in Glasgow, or tel. 01631/563-059 in Oban.
If you're driving from Glasgow, head northwest along A82 until you reach Tyndrum, and then go west along A85 until you come to Oban.
Visitor Information -- The tourist office is on Argyll Square (tel. 01631/563-122). April to mid-June and mid-September to October, it's open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm; mid-June to mid-September, hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 7pm; and November to March, it's open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 4pm.
Special Events -- The Oban Highland Games are held in August, with massed pipe bands marching through the streets. Ask at the tourist office for details. The Oban Pipe Band regularly parades on the main street throughout summer.