It is hard to imagine a station with a more picturesque setting than Oban. Trains pull into platforms alongside the harbour, with views across the bay to the island of Kerrera and the mountains of the Isle of Mull beyond. It makes a spectacular point of arrival for travellers on the West Highland Line from Glasgow, and a fitting end to one of the UK's most beautiful train journeys.
It was the arrival of the railways in 1880 that began Oban's tourism boom. Visitors have been coming to the harbour town ever since, not just for its scenery but also to sample the delights of its whisky distillery and seafood restaurants. Nothing in the town is very far from the station, and a short walk to the north will take you to George Street, the main shopping street. Be sure to explore some of the little lanes leading off of it - they're where you'll find some of the town's best independent shops.