MV Glen Tarsan

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Cruise line
The Majestic Line (River Cruises)

Current cruise:
6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Southern Hebrides and Sea Lochs of Argyll
24 Jun, 2017 - 01 Jul, 2017

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MV Glen Tarsan Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Glen Tarsan

Year built 1977  /  Age : 40
Flag state United Kingdom
Builder Baltimore (County Cork, Ireland)
Class wooden fishing boat
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 25 m / 82 ft
Beam (width) 7.3 m / 24 ft
Gross Tonnage 180 gt
Passengers 6 - 11
Crew 4
Decks 3
Cabins 6
Decks with cabins 2

Review of MV Glen Tarsan

MV Glen Tarsan and MV Glen Massan are traditional wooden fishing ships that have been ingeniously refurbished. Each accommodates a maximum of 11 travelers in 6 double cabins, despite the fact there is room for 12 passengers. Owners Ken Grant and Andy Thoms bought Glen Massan in 2004. The vessel was constructed in Baltimore (County Cork, Ireland) in 1975 and re-launched in 2007. Both ships are small by the standards of most cruise vessels, which is why they can sail where bigger ships cannot.MV Glen Tarsan cruise boat

Both Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan have gold-painted funnels. they were built for the Irish fishing fleet by the Irish Government, but the Glen Massan ship was destined to be broken up when her present owners bought and save her from destruction. Then they decided to restore the vessel and transform it into mini-cruise ship. Glen Tarsan was introduced in 2007 after similar restoration. Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan offer 3- and 6-night round-trip sailings from Oban, Scotland to Argyll and the Hebrides. 

Majestic Line is a privately owned cruise line headquartered in Dunoon, Scotland. Established in 2004, it is named after fictional shipping company which features in Neil Munro's Para Handy tales. As of 2013, the cruise line was operating voyages out of Oban to the Islands of Clyde and Inner Hebrides. The company operates a fleet of two ships converted from fishing trawlers, as well as a 3rd, purpose-built vessel, which has the feel and look of “gentleman’s motor yacht” of the 1930s.

In 2004 two friends, Ken Grant and Andy Thoms purchased and converted their first ship, Glen Massan, to a mini liner, sailing from Holy Loch, close to Dunoon to sail the sheltered islands and lochs of Argyll. In May 2007 sister ship Glen Tarsan was introduced to sail from Oban for the Hebrides. The 3rd ship, MV Glen Etive is custom-designed newbuild which was ready to cruise for her 2016 season.

There is a truly Scottish flavour to the family-and-friends-run cruise company, which won Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year category in 2012 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Scottish piper may pipe guests onboard Glen Massan or her sister ship Glen Tarsan, each with painted wooden hull and deckhouse that is topped by polished wooden wheelhouse. 

The two classic fishing boats are the cruising equivalent of restored steam trains.  And while a 3- or 6-night cruise onboard these vessels is a relaxing experience, don't expect hotel-style suites or top-notch luxury. Instead, the ships feature a home-away-from-home feel, with only 4 crew members who will do almost anything to make eveyone's holiday special. 

Both Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan have a similar layout. All cabins have double beds, with at least one reserved for solo travellers. Although the staterooms are not hotel-quality, each has freshly laundered duvets, pile of pillows and tartan rugs for extra warmth. There is also an electric radiator and fan recessed in the ceiling in each cabin. Each cabin boasts a small shower room with a washbasin, toilet, hair dryer and Arran Aromatics toiletries, as well as shelves on each side of the bed and small built-in wardrobes. The cabins below deck only have tiny windows with no view, but most of the time guests are either off the boat visiting quirky villages, walking in beautiful countryside, or exploring castles and the gardens the area is renowned for. The rest of the time cruisers are out on deck watching for birds and porpoises or sitting in the main saloon and swapping stories with fellow travellers or reading. 

Coffee are available whenever a crew member is in the galley. There is also a choice of either afternoon tea or morning coffee with home-baked cakes depending on itinerary. Wine is complimentary with evening meals, and there is a reasonably priced bar for tasty pre-dinner drinks. Outside the saloon is situated a small wooden deck with table and chairs, as well as wooden sun loungers on ship's top deck, with a bench on the front deck. 

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MV Glen Tarsan Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Glen Tarsan cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Isle of Mull cruise port

27 May 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Inlets and Islands
Prices starting
from $3142
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28 May      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
29 May     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
29 May     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
29 May - 30 May     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland (Overnight)   
30 May     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
30 May     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
31 May     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
01 Jun     Ulva Island, Scotland   
01 Jun - 02 Jun     Loch na Keal, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
02 Jun - 03 Jun     Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
03 Jun      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

03 June 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides
Prices starting
from $3142
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04 Jun      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
05 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
05 Jun - 06 Jun     Sanna Bay, Scotland   
07 Jun     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
07 Jun     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
07 Jun     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (Eilean Donan)   
08 Jun     Inverie, Scotland   
08 Jun     Loch Hourn, Scotland   
09 Jun     Isle of Eigg, Scotland   
09 Jun     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
10 Jun      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

10 June 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer
Prices starting
from $3142
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11 Jun      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
12 Jun      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
13 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
14 Jun     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
15 Jun     Ulva Island, Scotland   
16 Jun     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
16 Jun     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
17 Jun      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

17 June 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Inlets and Islands
Prices starting
from $3142
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18 Jun      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
19 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
19 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
19 Jun - 20 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland (Overnight)   
20 Jun     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
20 Jun     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
21 Jun     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
22 Jun     Ulva Island, Scotland   
22 Jun - 23 Jun     Loch na Keal, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
23 Jun - 24 Jun     Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
24 Jun      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Colonsay cruise port

24 June 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Southern Hebrides and Sea Lochs of Argyll
Prices starting
from $3142
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25 Jun      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
26 Jun      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
26 Jun     Slate Islands, Scotland   
26 Jun - 27 Jun     Loch Melfort, Scotland (Overnight)   
27 Jun     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
27 Jun - 28 Jun     Crinan, Scotland (Overnight)   
28 Jun     Isle of Gigha, Scotland   
28 Jun     Loch Sween, Scotland   
29 Jun     Isle of Jura, Craighouse, Scotland   
29 Jun - 30 Jun     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland (Overnight)   
30 Jun     Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Scotland   
01 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

01 July 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides
Prices starting
from $3142
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02 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
03 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
03 Jul - 04 Jul     Sanna Bay, Scotland   
05 Jul     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
05 Jul     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
05 Jul     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (Eilean Donan)   
06 Jul     Inverie, Scotland   
06 Jul     Loch Hourn, Scotland   
07 Jul     Isle of Eigg, Scotland   
07 Jul     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
08 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Colonsay cruise port

08 July 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Southern Hebrides and Sea Lochs of Argyll
Prices starting
from $3142
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09 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
10 Jul      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
10 Jul     Slate Islands, Scotland   
10 Jul - 11 Jul     Loch Melfort, Scotland (Overnight)   
11 Jul     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
11 Jul - 12 Jul     Crinan, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Jul     Isle of Gigha, Scotland   
12 Jul     Loch Sween, Scotland   
13 Jul     Isle of Jura, Craighouse, Scotland   
13 Jul - 14 Jul     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland (Overnight)   
14 Jul     Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Scotland   
15 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

15 July 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1575
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16 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
17 Jul      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
17 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
17 Jul     Loch Aline, Scotland   
18 Jul     Lismore Island, Scotland   
18 Jul     Shuna Island, Scotland   
18 Jul - 19 Jul     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
19 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

18 July 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1575
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19 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
20 Jul      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
20 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
20 Jul     Loch Aline, Scotland   
21 Jul     Lismore Island, Scotland   
21 Jul     Shuna Island, Scotland   
21 Jul - 22 Jul     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
22 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

22 July 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer
Prices starting
from $3142
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23 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
24 Jul      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
24 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
25 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
26 Jul     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
27 Jul     Ulva Island, Scotland   
28 Jul     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
28 Jul     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
29 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

29 July 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides
Prices starting
from $3142
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30 Jul      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
31 Jul     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
31 Jul - 01 Aug     Sanna Bay, Scotland   
02 Aug     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
02 Aug     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
02 Aug     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (Eilean Donan)   
03 Aug     Inverie, Scotland   
03 Aug     Loch Hourn, Scotland   
04 Aug     Isle of Eigg, Scotland   
04 Aug     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
05 Aug      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

05 August 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Inlets and Islands
Prices starting
from $3142
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06 Aug      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
07 Aug     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
07 Aug     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
07 Aug - 08 Aug     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland (Overnight)   
08 Aug     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
08 Aug     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
09 Aug     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
10 Aug     Ulva Island, Scotland   
10 Aug - 11 Aug     Loch na Keal, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
11 Aug - 12 Aug     Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Aug      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Colonsay cruise port

12 August 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Southern Hebrides and Sea Lochs of Argyll
Prices starting
from $3142
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13 Aug      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
14 Aug      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
14 Aug     Slate Islands, Scotland   
14 Aug - 15 Aug     Loch Melfort, Scotland (Overnight)   
15 Aug     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
15 Aug - 16 Aug     Crinan, Scotland (Overnight)   
16 Aug     Isle of Gigha, Scotland   
16 Aug     Loch Sween, Scotland   
17 Aug     Isle of Jura, Craighouse, Scotland   
17 Aug - 18 Aug     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland (Overnight)   
18 Aug     Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Scotland   
19 Aug      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

26 August 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides
Prices starting
from $3142
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27 Aug      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
28 Aug     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
28 Aug - 29 Aug     Sanna Bay, Scotland   
30 Aug     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
30 Aug     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
30 Aug     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (Eilean Donan)   
31 Aug     Inverie, Scotland   
31 Aug     Loch Hourn, Scotland   
01 Sep     Isle of Eigg, Scotland   
01 Sep     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
02 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

02 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer
Prices starting
from $3142
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03 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
04 Sep      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
04 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
05 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
06 Sep     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
07 Sep     Ulva Island, Scotland   
08 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
08 Sep     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
09 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

09 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Inlets and Islands
Prices starting
from $3142
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10 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
11 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
11 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
11 Sep - 12 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Sep     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
12 Sep     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
13 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
14 Sep     Ulva Island, Scotland   
14 Sep - 15 Sep     Loch na Keal, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
15 Sep - 16 Sep     Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
16 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

16 September 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1575
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17 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
18 Sep      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
18 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
18 Sep     Loch Aline, Scotland   
19 Sep     Lismore Island, Scotland   
19 Sep     Shuna Island, Scotland   
19 Sep - 20 Sep     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
20 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

19 September 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1575
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20 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
21 Sep      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
21 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
21 Sep     Loch Aline, Scotland   
22 Sep     Lismore Island, Scotland   
22 Sep     Shuna Island, Scotland   
22 Sep - 23 Sep     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
23 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

23 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Inlets and Islands
Prices starting
from $3142
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24 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
25 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
25 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
25 Sep - 26 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland (Overnight)   
26 Sep     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
26 Sep     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
27 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
28 Sep     Ulva Island, Scotland   
28 Sep - 29 Sep     Loch na Keal, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
29 Sep - 30 Sep     Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
30 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

30 September 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1575
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01 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
02 Oct      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
02 Oct     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
02 Oct     Loch Aline, Scotland   
03 Oct     Lismore Island, Scotland   
03 Oct     Shuna Island, Scotland   
03 Oct - 04 Oct     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
04 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

03 October 2017 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe
Prices starting
from $1418
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04 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
05 Oct      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
05 Oct     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
05 Oct     Loch Aline, Scotland   
06 Oct     Lismore Island, Scotland   
06 Oct     Shuna Island, Scotland   
06 Oct - 07 Oct     Loch Choire, Scotland (Overnight)   
07 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Fort William cruise port

07 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Oban to Inverness
Prices starting
from $2828
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08 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
09 Oct      Departing from Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
09 Oct     Glencoe, Scotland   
09 Oct     Fort William, Scotland   
10 Oct     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
10 Oct     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
10 Oct - 11 Oct     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
11 Oct     Laggan, Scotland   
11 Oct     Loch Oich, Scotland   
11 Oct - 12 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
13 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
13 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
14 Oct      Arriving in Inverness, Scotland   
Inverness cruise port

14 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Inverness to Oban
Prices starting
from $2828
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15 Oct      Departing from Inverness, Scotland   
16 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
16 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
17 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
18 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
18 Oct     Loch Oich, Scotland   
18 Oct - 19 Oct     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
19 Oct     Laggan, Scotland   
20 Oct     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
20 Oct     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
21 Oct     Glencoe, Scotland   
21 Oct     Fort William, Scotland   
21 Oct - 22 Oct     Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
22 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland