Do you know the worst thing about brand new hotels? They have no history. They are like a boy racer in a souped-up tin can. They might look flash but, if you switch off the boombox, they have nothing to say.
The Oban Caledonian Hotel is more like a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. It can’t do 0-60 in less than six seconds but boy, does it have some tales to tell.
Completed with the arrival of the West Highland Railway in Oban in 1882, the hotel was requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Oban was a major base for trans-Atlantic convoys in those days and was also the home of the Flying Boats. The chat in the hotel bar must have been wild.
These days, Oban is better known as the gateway to Argyll and The Isles. No less than ten islands are within easy reach for a day trip while other major attractions include the Glorious Gardens of Argyll – many of which, such as Arduaine and Crarae, are world famous.
Oban’s landmark building, the luxury 3 star hotel rises from the water’s edge, and has many rooms boasting fine views over Oban Bay to the mountains of Mull and Ardgour.
A comfortable and stylish base for visitors to the area, The Oban Caledonian has two dining options: Cafe Caledonian and The Restaurant Caledonian. Carefully restored with chandeliers and ornate plasterwork, the Restaurant is a Victorian dining room showcasing the best of Scotland’s larder. A fusion of modern and traditional Scottish and international cuisine, all of their dishes are freshly cooked using care and imagination.