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Oban
Gaelic - An t-Oban
Scots - Oban

Coordinates: 56°24′45″N 5°28′13″W / 56.412356, -5.470232 Oban in Argyll, Scotland Oban on Stewart Island, New Zealand This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... Scots refers to the Anglic varieties spoken in parts of Scotland. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Population 12,467 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference NM859298
Council area Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area Argyll and Bute
Constituent country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OBAN
Postcode district PA34
Dial code 01631
Vehicle code SA-SJ (Glasgow)
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
UK Parliament Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament Argyll and Bute
European Parliament Scotland
List of places: UKScotland
View of Oban from Druim Mor.
View of Oban from Druim Mor.
View of Oban Harbour with Kerrera (and Mull beyond)
View of Oban Harbour with Kerrera (and Mull beyond)

Oban (An t-Oban in Gaelic meaning Little Bay) is a resort town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, with a population of around 12,000. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and during the tourist season the town can be crowded by up to 25,000 people. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 355 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (553 × 933 pixel, file size: 178 KB, MIME type: image/png) Template image for Scottish location maps, high resolution (not for use in infobox). ... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... UK Census 2001 logo A nationwide census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... For local government purposes, Scotland is divided into 32 areas designated as Council Areas of Scotland which are all governed by unitary authorities designated as Councils which have the option under the Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland) Act 1997(as chosen by Na h-Eileanan an Iar) of being known... Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic) is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy Area in Scotland. ... The Lieutenancy areas of Scotland are the areas used for the ceremonial lords-lieutenant, the monarchs representatives, in Scotland. ... Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic) is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy Area in Scotland. ... This is an alphabetical list of countries of the world, including independent states (both those that are internationally recognised and generally unrecognised), inhabited dependent territories and areas of special sovereignty. ... 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Argyll and Bute is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... For the national legislative body up to 1707, see Parliament of Scotland. ... Argyll and Bute is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... Scotland constitutes a single constituency of the European Parliament. ... List of burghs in Scotland List of cities in the United Kingdom Lists of places within Scottish regions List of places in Orkney List of places in Shetland List of places in the Borders region of Scotland List of places in the Central region of Scotland List of places in... Image File history File links Oban_from_Druim_Mor. ... Image File history File links Oban_from_Druim_Mor. ... Image File history File links Oban_2006. ... Image File history File links Oban_2006. ... // Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... Resorts combine a hotel and a variety of recreations, such as swimming pools A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for holidays or vacations. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic) is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy Area in Scotland. ... 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Attractions in Oban include the Waterfront Centre, the Cathedral of St Columba, the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig's Tower, which dominates the town's skyline. Oban is an excellent base from which to explore the sights of Kilmartin Glen. St. ... Oban distillery Oban Distillery is a whisky distillery in the Scottish west coast port of Oban. ... Dunollie castle Dunollie castle is a small ruin located on a hill above the town of Oban, Scotland. ... Dunstaffnage Castle. ... McCaigs Tower. ... Nether Largie, Kilmartin Valley Kilmartin Glen is the area in Scotland surrounding the village of Kilmartin which is south of the city Oban. ...


The Oban Tourist Information Centre, operated under VisitScotland, is located in the centre of the town in Argyll Square. It is housed in an old Church of Scotland building. In 2004, the Oban Tourist Information Centre was second to Edinburgh as the busiest Tourist Information Centres in Scotland.[1] VisitScotland is Scotlands national tourism agency. ... The Church of Scotland (CofS, known informally as The Kirk, Eaglais na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the national church of Scotland. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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History

1940 to today

During World War II, Oban was a busy port used by merchant and Royal Navy ships. The RN had a signal station near Ganavan which is now a private house. Also near Ganavan was a anti-submarine indicator loop station which detected any surface or submarine vessels between Oban, Mull and Lismore. There was a controlled minefield in the Sound of Kerrera which was controlled from a building near the caravan site at Gallanach. There is one surviving air raid shelter in the centre of Oban. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Anti-submarine warfare is a term referring to warfare directed against submarines. ... An induction loop is a simple coil wire transceiver. ... Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island. ... Lismore (coloured red) shown within Argyll Lismore is an island in Loch Linnhe, in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. ... A landmine is a type of mine which is placed onto or into the ground and explodes when triggered by a vehicle or person. ... Looking towards Gylen Castle, Kerrera. ... Air raid shelters are structures for the protection of the civil population as well as military personnel against enemy attacks from the air. ...


There was also a Royal Air Force flying boat base at Ganavan and on Kerrera. The airfield at North Connel was originally built by the Royal Air Force during World War II. A Sector Operations Room was built near the airfield and after the war this was extended to become the Royal Observer Corps Group HQ. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ... Looking towards Gylen Castle, Kerrera. ... Location Geography Area Ranked 2nd  - Total 6,909 km²  - % Water  ? Admin HQ Lochgilphead ISO 3166-2 GB-AGB ONS code 00QD Demographics Population Ranked 23rd  - Total (2005) 90,870  - Density 13 / km² Scottish Gaelic  - Total () {{{Scottish council Gaelic Speakers}}} Politics Argyll & Bute Council http://www. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was, until stood down in 1991, a part of the UK Ministry of Defence. ...


Oban was also important during the Cold War because the first Transatlantic Telephone Cable (TAT-1) came ashore at Gallanach Bay and this carried the "Hot Line" between the US and USSR Presidents. There was protected accommodation for the cable equipment at Gallanach Bay. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... A transatlantic telephone cable is a submarine communications cable that carries telephone traffic under the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe. ... TAT-1 (Transatlantic No. ... In telecommunication, a hotline (also called an automatic signaling service or off-hook service) is a point-to-point communications link in which a call is automatically originated to the preselected destination without any additional action by the user when the end instrument goes off-hook. ...


Culture

In 2003, Oban hosted the 100th Royal National Mod (a Gaelic festival), in anticipation of which many signs were replaced with bilingual versions. Not only was Oban the venue for the 100th Mod but it also hosted the centenary Mod in 1992 (the year it became Royal). The reason for the different dates for the 100th and the centenary being stoppages for the wars. Oban is considered the home of The Royal National Mod as the Mod was first held in Oban in 1892 with 10 competitors on a Saturday Afternoon. The 2009 Mod is to again be held in Oban A mod is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. ... The Gaels are an ethno-linguistic group which spread from Ireland to Scotland and the Isle of Man. ... The term bilingualism (from bi meaning two and lingua meaning language) can refer to rather different phenomena. ...


The town boasts two screen cinema. Oban has also been used as a backdrop to several films including Ring of Bright Water and Morvern Callar. See [2]. Ring of Bright Water is a 1960 autobiographical book by Gavin Maxwell and a 1969 film, loosely based on the book, starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. ... Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995 (ISBN 0-09-958611-8). ...


Sport

The local amateur football team is "Oban Saints" with a small stadium situated in Mossfield. However, shinty is a more popular game locally, with two major teams, Oban Camanachd and Oban Celtic playing in the town. The Oban Times runs a popular Spot the Shinty Ball competition each week. The Highlanders are a WWE wrestling tag-team originally from (and billed) Oban. Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Oban Saints Amateur Football Club are a football (soccer) club from the town of Oban, in the Lorne district of Argyll in Scotland. ... // A shinty game in progress Shinty (Scottish Gaelic camanachd or iomain) is a team sport played with sticks and a ball. ... Oban Camanachd is one of the oldest Camanachd clubs currently playing in the Shinty leagues of Scotland, they are currently competing in the Premier League. ... Oban Celtic is a shinty team from Oban, Argyll, Scotland. ... The Highlanders are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of (kayfabe) cousins Robbie (Derek Graham-Couch) and Rory McAllister (Russell Murray), who currently wrestle for World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Oban High School

Oban High School is located in the centre of the town and currently hosts over 1,100 secondary school students and around 100 members of staff. The average grades achieved by students in the school are above the National Average for Scotland hence Oban High is considered a good school in which children can be educated. However there have recently been frequent unexplainable deaths and all teams of mystery solvers and tv detectives alike have all been dismissed in a bloody and barbaric fashion. The school anounced this month that the decision has been passed down to cull all pupils and staff and start afresh just to be certain the killer is brought to justice. Oban recently played host to the Scottish Labour Party conference where Advanced Higher Modern Studies pupils, public speakers and various members of the Oban High School music department had the opportunity to meet Tony Blair and other members of the Labour Party. This article is about the Scottish Labour Party founded in 1976. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in England, Scotland and Wales. ...


Exchange

Oban High School and Scotland High School (located in sister city of Laurinburg North Carolina) share an exchange program which enlightens many students on the different and simlar cultures within the two countries. The two schools have hosts families of 20 students (10 from each) which share experiences for two weeks in the summer (Oban) and 2 weeks in the fall (Laurinburg).


Transport

Oban lies at the western end of the A85 road. It also has a railway station where a number of First Scotrail services operate to and from Glasgow Queen Street on a daily basis. The town is also an important ferry port, being Caledonian MacBrayne's busiest terminal. Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles, with ferries sailing to the islands of Lismore, Colonsay, Islay, Coll, Tiree, Craignure on Mull, and to Castlebay in Barra and Lochboisdale in South Uist. In 2005 a brand new modern ferry terminal was opened. In 2007 a second link span is to be opened allowing two of the vessels to load/unload at the same time. The A85 is a major road in Scotland. ... Oban railway station is the railway station serving Oban in Scotland. ... First ScotRail is the brand under which First Group PLC runs its railway franchise to operate all domestic passenger services within Scotland, as well as the cross-border Caledonian Sleeper service to London, England. ... Seaport, a painting by Claude Lorrain, 1638 The Port of Wellington at night. ... MV Juno (Iùno in Scottish Gaelic) arriving at Gourock on the Dunoon service The Caledonian MacBrayne headquarters building at Gourock pierhead and a visit from MV Caledonian Isles and MV Isle of Mull. ... Lismore (coloured red) shown within Argyll Lismore is an island in Loch Linnhe, in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. ... Colonsay shown within Argyll Colonsay [Colbhasa] is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, located north of Islay and south of Mull. ... Landsat image of Islay Islay (pronounced ; Scottish Gaelic: , or ee-luh), a Scottish island, known as The Queen of the Hebrides, is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. ... Coll shown within Argyll Coll is a small island (about 21 km long and 5 km wide) in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, west of Mull. ... Looking West to Balephuil Bay, across the famous Hebridean Machair. ... Craignure is a village on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island. ... Castlebay is the main port and main village of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. ... Castlebay, Barra Traigh Eaig beach This article is about the island of Barra in Scotland. ... Lochboisdale (Lochbaghasdail) is the main ferry terminal for the island of South Uist and is undergoing a revival of fortunes after a period of closures of the local shop (which closed in 1991 after trading for over 100 years) and the local hotel. ... Location of South Uist South Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist a Deas) is an island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. ...


Scottish Citylink operate services from Glasgow's Buchanan Street bus station several times a day, and during the summer a service from Dundee via Perth is also operated. Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd is a long distance express coach operator in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland (where it operates simply as Citylink.). The company was formed as a subsidiary of Scottish Transport Group in June 1985. ... Buchanan Bus Station is the main bus terminus in Glasgow for journeys between the city and other towns in Scotland, and international journeys. ...


West Coast Motors operate many local services and also coach links as far south as Campeltown and as far north as Fort William.


Oban is also reachable by plane via the small Oban airport at North Connel. The airport is currently being upgraded (costing some £4.2 million), so commercial planes can operate life-line island services, using Oban as a hub. Oban Airport (IATA: OBN, ICAO: EGEO) is located at Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. ... Location Geography Area Ranked 2nd  - Total 6,909 km²  - % Water  ? Admin HQ Lochgilphead ISO 3166-2 GB-AGB ONS code 00QD Demographics Population Ranked 23rd  - Total (2005) 90,870  - Density 13 / km² Scottish Gaelic  - Total () {{{Scottish council Gaelic Speakers}}} Politics Argyll & Bute Council http://www. ...


Town twinning

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Laurinburg is a mid-sized city in Scotland County, North Carolina, United States, that consists of a Wal-Mart, Golden Corral and a few other fast food resturaunts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Wexford Code: WX Area: 2,352 km² Population (2006) 131,615 Website: www. ...

See also

The Oban Times is a local newspaper, based in Oban, Argyll and Bute and covering the Western Highlands of Scotland. ...

External links

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Further reading

  • Hughes, Mike, The Hebrides at War Canongate Books 1998, ISBN 0-86241-771-6
  • Batstone, Stephanie, Wren's Eye View, The Adventures of a Visual Signaller, Parapress Ltd 1994, ISBN 1-898594-12-0 Written by a Wren based in Oban for most of WWII.

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Oban - definition of Oban in Encyclopedia (304 words)
Oban (An t-Oban in Gaelic) is a resort town in Argyll, Scotland with a population of around 12,000.
Attractions in Oban include the Waterfront Centre and D. Watt and Son Fishmongers both situated on the Railway Pier, the Cathedral of St Columba, the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig's Tower, which dominates the town's skyline.
Oban is known as the Gateway to the Islands, with ferries sailing to the islands of Lismore, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Kerrera, Craignure on Mull, and to Castlebay in Barra and Lochboisdale in the South Uist.
Oban, New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (136 words)
Oban is the principal settlement on Stewart Island, the southernmost inhabited island of the New Zealand archipelago.
Oban is located on Half Moon Bay (sometimes used as an alternative name for the town), and has air communication with Invercargill and a ferry service to Bluff.
According to the March 2001 New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings the island's permanent resident population was 387 at that time, a decrease of 30 since 1996.
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