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Oban, Argyll and Bute

Oban (An t-Ă’ban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay) is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. It has a total resident population of 8,120. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and during the tourist season the town can play host to up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn.
Post townOBAN
Administrative CountyArgyll and Bute
Traditional CountyArgyllshire
OS GridNM8630
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01631
Population8,120 (2001 Census)

Oban, Argyll and Bute in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Oban, parl. burgh, seaport, and quoad sacra par., Kilmore and Kilbride par., Argyllshire. 92 miles NW. of Glasgow, 136 miles NW. of Edinburgh, and 494 miles NW. of London by rail - quoad sacra par., pop. 3153; parl. burgh, pop. 3991; town, pop. 4046; P.O., T.O., 5 Banks, 2 newspapers; is finely situated on a semi-circular bay, well sheltered in front by the island of Kerrera, and has lofty mountains in the background. Oban has become the headquarters of tourists to the Western Highlands, and is the startingplace for numerous steamer routes. There is 1 distillery. Oban was made a police burgh in 1802. It is one of the Ayr District of Parl Burghs, which returns 1 member.

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