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Oban

Oban, known internationally as the Gateway to the Isles, is a busy transport hub operating around the natural harbour that is Oban Bay .

The harbour accommodates a 24-hour car ferry terminal with links to rail, coach and road outlets to North, South, and East.

The town’s main architectural feature is its colosseum-like building called McCaig’s Tower which dominates all approaches to the town centre. McCaig was a local banker whose aim was keep stonemasons in employment whilst creating a lasting monument to his family.

The building trade has always been at the heart of Oban’s economy and today there are several large building companies, numerous building merchants and supply outlets and a host of small specialist firms, plus administrative-related offices, all of which depend on the rapidly rising national demand for housing.

If building has been the heart, then tourism has been the backbone of Oban and the area boasts an abundance of large and small hotels, public houses, restaurants, cafes and gift shops. Many are linked to national hotel chains and key hostelry providers but the majority are privately owned and run. All utilise locally based staff and offer a wide variety of both seasonal and all-year round employment.

Although the traditional west coast industries of fishing, farming and forestry are in decline, there are many modern opportunities in Oban with national retail chains such as Homebase, Argos, Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Au Natural recognising Oban changing demography.

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