Oban Ferry Terminal

(Ionad Aiseig' an Òbain)

Ferry at Railway Pier in Oban
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Ferry at Railway Pier in Oban

Oban Ferry Terminal (Gael: Ionad Aiseig' an Òbain) is the busiest in Scotland. Regular services by the government-owned operator Caledonian MacBrayne sail to the islands of Barra, Coll, Colonsay, Islay, Lismore, Mull, South Uist and Tiree, as well as Kennacraig on Kintyre.

This modern two-storey terminal building opened in 2005, located next to Oban Railway Station in the town centre, replacing an older structure which lay adjacent. The contractor for the work was Glasgow-based R.J. McLeod. Two roll-on-roll-off ferry berths are provided, each connected by covered linkspan walkways for pedestrians. The second linkspan was installed in 2007.

The modern terminal lies on the Railway Pier, which was constructed on land reclaimed from Oban Bay in 1879-80. This Pier has been much modified in the intervening years. Previously ferries used the South Pier (built c.1814) and the North Pier, built around the same time.

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