Oban Set to Launch Passport to Perfect Seafood

A new seafood focused passport & mini guide for Oban visitors will be launched at Oban CalMac Ferry Terminal on Friday 21st May, 4pm.  The launch takes place on the opening day of this year’s first ever Festival of the Sea – a celebration of ‘Argyll’s dazzling marine environment’ from 21st to 31st May.  

Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, is rightly regarded as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’.  The town has a long association with the sea and the area is world renowned as a major producer of oysters and mussels. The number of award winning restaurants in this small coastal resort may surprise visitors but with such a wealth of local produce it makes perfect sense.  

The new ‘Oban Passport’ is a loyalty scheme and booklet offered free to visitors and includes information on Oban’s booming aquaculture industry and the town’s fishing heritage. There is also a 10 page mini guide dedicated to local restaurants that specialise in fresh local seafood and shellfish.  Three major sea related visitor attractions are also included in the guide.  Each offers a very different dining experience from old style country house charm to contemporary coastal chic.

Passport holders can take advantage of special offers and participate in prize draws to win fabulous breaks in Oban. Those collecting five passport stamps or more from participating restaurants become eligible to enter fantastic competitions.  The more stamps the better the prize with a range of short weekend breaks and week long family holidays up for grabs.  Passport holders visiting Oban out with the peak summer season will receive double stamps from participating restaurants and attractions.  

VisitScotland’s Regional Director, Scott Armstrong, said: “The Oban Passport is a fantastic marketing tool which will help raise the profile of the town, not just in terms of its rich and varied sea food offering, but also in the range of leisure activities on offer. And when better to launch than during Argyll’s first ever Festival of the Sea? I commend the efforts of the Oban and Lorn Tourism Association in creating the Oban Passport and wish them every success with the scheme.”

There are plenty of other reasons to visit Oban besides superb seafood. This charming coastal culinary hotspot boasts stunning scenery, numerous outdoor activities, a range of accommodation, glorious gardens and much more. With the Oban Passport set to become the ‘must have’ item this year the town is gearing up for a busy season. The final draw for all the prize holidays will take place on Hogmanay so there is plenty of time to plan a trip. 

For more information, visit the new website, www.obanpassport.org.uk, which details participating restaurants and visitor attractions, their style and specialities and how to apply for a passport. Register online and be entered into a free prize draw to win a Discovery Scenic Tour Ticket courtesy of Loch Lomond Seaplanes www.lochlomondseaplanes.com.  The 45 minute scenic tour leaves from Loch Lomond and takes in birdseye views of the magnificent Scottish west coast landscape.  The prize draw will take place on 31st May, the final day of the Festival of the Sea.


For more information please contact:

Pauline Foster

Pure Shores PR

PR Account Manager

01631 569 651



Note to Photographers/Broadcast:

  • Reporters, photographers & broadcast are invited to the launch event at Oban CalMac ferry terminal to photograph the new Oban Passport. There will also be an Oban Passport branded Edinburgh taxi at the ferry terminal. 
  • Magnificent views from the ferry terminal across to the Isle of Kerrera and Oban Bay itself.
  • Jim Mather MSP will officially launch the passport at 4.30pm. 
  • Caledonian Oysters, Inverawe Smokehouses and Oban Distillery will be providing some tasty delights and there will be the chance to meet & interview participating restaurants and members of the Oban & Lorn Tourism Association committee. 
  • Please contact Pauline Foster, as above, to register your attendance before Friday.

Note to editors:

  • Passports can be applied for online at www.obanpassport.org.uk  or via post by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Oban and Lorn Tourism Association, c/o Oban Visitor Information Centre, Argyll Square, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4AN
  • www.oban.org.uk – if you are planning a trip to Oban and Lorn this is the website for you.
  • www.marinesciencefestival.com – for details of Oban’s Festival of the Sea
  • This unique OBAN PASSPORT loyalty scheme is being co-funded with a grant from VisitScotland’s Growth Fund – backed by the European Regional Development Fund.
  • Illustrative images are available on request. Please contact Pauline Foster as above.
  • Participating businesses:

-          Waterfront Bar & Restaurant

-          Ee-Usk

-          Chartroom II & Arduaine Restaurant (c/o Loch Melfort Hotel)

-          Cuan Mor

-          Manor House Hotel

-          Coast

-          Seafood Temple

-          Ardanaiseig Hotel

-          Pierhouse Hotel

-          Oyster Inn

-          Sea Life Sanctuary

-          Oban Distillery

-          Inverawe Smokehouse & Fisheries

-          Coastal Connection

Contact: Pauline Foster
Phone: 01631 569 651
Email: pauline@pureshorespr.co.uk
Website: http://www.obanpassport.org.uk