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West Coast Tours - Oban

1 Queens Park Place, Oban PA34 5RS, Scotland
+44 1631 566809
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Ranked #8 of 25 Activities in Oban
Owner description: West Coast Tours offers a range of day and sightseeing tours. Our day tours to Mull, Iona and...
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Owner description: West Coast Tours offers a range of day and sightseeing tours. Our day tours to Mull, Iona and Staffa allow visitors to visit two or even three islands in one day as well as regular bus services to Tobermory and joint tickets with Duart Castle. Our City Sightseeing open-top bus tours operate in Glasgow, Oban and Bute and offer expert commentary and the ability to hop-on and off. We also operate a fast passenger ferry link between Campbeltown and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland called the Kintyre Express which offers visitors the chance to combine both the west coast of Scotland and the rugged Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland.

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Bathurst, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had to do the "Three Isles Mini Tour" since the slightly longer one was no longer available due to the autumn scheduling of the CalMac ferries. However, this one was perfect, (apart from the weather!) We booked on line, and exchanged our booking confirmation for about five tickets per person for the various legs of the journey through Mull,... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and sorry to hear you weren't able to land on Staffa. After amazing weather all summer it was a real shame that the last week of our tour was disrupted by stormy weather. Hope you can come back and visit another time so that you can take the longer tour and get a... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We booked the Three Islands Mini Tour at the very last minute after looking at the unexpectedly good mid-October forecast. I had originally intended on just booking the Mull - Iona tour but were advised by the friendly and knowledgeable man at the booking office that our teen might be a wee bit bored with that and to instead go... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we're delighted that our staff were both helpful and informative. As you mention, the mini-tour does give less time on Staffa and Iona, due to altered ferry times between Craignure and Oban, but still allows visitors a flavour of both islands. We hope that you consider coming back next season to experience the full... More 

England
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100 reviews 100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

During our visit to the West Highlands we wanted to see some islands. We devoted a day to Mull, but on another day we decided to go as far as Iona. In order not to risk missing the various buses and ferries we wisely decided to organise a tour with West Coast Tours. It was money very well spent! We... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review and we're delighted you had a good time and that you found Stevie's commentary so entertaining. Hope you'll come and visit us again soon! More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Having pre-booked via Internet all we had to do is pop into the travel office by the CalMac pier and exchange the printed sheet for a string of tickets. The MV Isle of Mull arrived and on we walked. The ferry is comfortable as ferries go, plenty of food available on each deck. The short cruise is great from the... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we're glad you enjoyed our Mull and Iona tour despite the late running of the Cal Mac ferry between Craigure and Oban. More 

charlotte
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36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I spent a lot of time researching our day trip out of Oban with a tour company. Part of my confusion was cleared up when I emailed West Coast tours who emailed me back promptly to explain that Bowmans tours is now West Coast tours also. We chose the Saturday, 3 isle tour with West Coast and the day could... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We're glad you found our staff helpful and the organisation smooth. As for the over-warm coach on your return, we're looking in to this to ensure that all our air conditioning is functioning to its maximum ability. More 

Canton, Ohio
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92 reviews 92 reviews
36 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We booked the early bird 3 island tour for Staffa, Mull and Iona and were specifically told there would be commentary on the bus (We booked at their main office on the waterfront in Oban). (You spend an hour on the bus from Mull to Iona alone) There was none----booking this is in reality buying a series of transportation tickets:... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

We're sorry that you were not aware that the Early Bird Three Isles Tour uses a local service bus, unlike the Three Isles Tour which uses a coach with driver commentary, hence the difference in price (£54 as opposed to £60). Our staff in the West Coast Tours shop are all long-standing members and are aware of the difference and... More 

Rayleigh Essex
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

On our first day in Oban, we decided to take the City Bus Sightseeing Tour which proved to be brilliant. It was a two and a half hour trip of Oban and the surrounding area including Connell Bridge, Seil Island and The Bridge Over the Atlantic. There is a short stop at the gift shop on Seil Island. The bus... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we're glad you enjoyed our driver's commentary so much. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Recently I did the Three Island tour via West Coast tours and I must say was extremely pleased with their service. They provide the tickets for all the transfer well in advance and clearly mention the route/ plan for the day. It is just that we as tourists should ensure that we get into the right bus/ ferry but with... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review! We're delighted you had a good time and found our staff helpful and our driver so knowledgeable. More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We booked the early bird tour that visits Mull, Staffa and Iona. Around £180 for a family of 5 for a 10 hour trip. The weather was perfect for us, a major factor in making the day a success. Beware, you must largely fend for yourself, especially making sure you make the departure from Oban to Mull on time. Once... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of the Early Bird Three Isles Tour. It is a popular tour with those looking to beat the crowds by heading off early but does involved scheduled services rather than the coach with a guide so we're glad that our staff were on hand to offer guidance and you managed to navigate the... More 

Dunbartonshire, Scotland
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had arranged, through Classic Britain, a 3 night break in Oban, which was wonderful. We had decided that we would also like to visit Mull an Iona and when I check the West Coast Tours web site saw we could also visit Staffa on the same tour so booked our tickets online and visited the Tours office when we... More 

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westcoasttours2014, Manager at West Coast Tours - Oban, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and we're glad you had such a good time. Our drivers develop their own commentary and don't have any specific training as we like the fact that they all have a slightly different theme or areas that they cover during their commentary meaning that returning customers can listen to something new each time they... More 

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