The Ocean Explorer Centre in Oban

Want to learn exciting truths about the oceans that surround us? Or are you a maritime enthusiast? If so, make sure to visit the Ocean Explorer Centre in Oban. Here, visitors can learn how our oceans work. The centre do this through unique displays like Underwater cameras, Films, science gear and computers. This is the educational centre for many different aspects of marine research in Scotland, so visitors will be getting highly educated and experienced information.

Where can I find the Ocean Explorer Centre?

The centre is located near Dunstaffnage Castle, when driving along the A85 follow signs for the centre and castle, past the town of Oban.

This centre encourages visitors to contribute to a healthier marine environment, by educating them on the importance of safe practices going forward. Visitors can learn many different aspects of marine research in Scotland, so visitors will be getting highly educated and experienced information. The Ocean Explorer Centre is the UK’s oldest of its kind and is regulated by the Scottish Association for Marine Science, which deliver the research that is communicated inside the centre. So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your day off and experience and unique and educational day out that will inspire both young and old!

Ocean Exploration Tips

  • The best way to discover the secrets of the ocean are to use, underwater cameras, 3-D Globes and Microscopes
  • Be sure to to zoom in and enhance the image with their Microscopes in case your miss any fascinating and tiny creatures. The 3-D Globe will help to find where some of these creatures can be found
  • More inspiration on what to look for can be found by watching some of the short films found throughout the centre. Once something catches your eye, go exploring!
  • Venue is FREE for everyone to join!
  • Visit the local cafe with lots of options to choose from
  • A gift shop is available to purchase numerous different goodies to remember your journey with
  • All areas accessible by wheelchair

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What's on in Argyll & Bute

Charity Garden Opening - Dal an Eas

12 - 25 August, 2022
An informal country garden with the aim of increasing the biodiversity of native plants and insects while adding interest and colour with introduced trees, shrubs and naturalised perennials. There is a structured garden round the house and beyond there are extensive flower-filled ‘meadows’ with five different species of native orchid. Grass paths lead to waterfalls, vegetable plot, woodland garden, views and ancient archaeological sites. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

KidSpace Sessions

12 - 23 August, 2022
Based on the heritage of Oban, includes cave, fishing boat, shop and much much more.   Price is per child and accompanying adult.

Oban Town Walking Tour

12 - 25 August, 2022
On this 1 hour tour, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds as you travel back through the centuries to discover the history and culture of Oban. Your local, expert guide will bring the gateway to the Isles to life through tales, traditions and stories. Once hailed by Queen Victoria as 'one of the finest spots she has ever seen', you’ll soon see why. From world famous firework fiascos to distilleries and the iconic McCaigs Tower, the history of Oban is just waiting to be discovered! The tour includes: Oban Distillery SS Breda Shipwreck War and Peace Museum McCaigs Tower And more hidden gems! Price: £10 per person (kids under 12 go free) When?: 10:30am Sats/Suns in June & every day in Jul & Aug Duration: 1.5 hours Meeting point: Outside VisitScotland iCentre, North Pier

Scenic Flights from Oban Airport

12 - 25 August, 2022
30 min flight around the sights of Oban and the surrounding area including Castle Stalker, Loch Spelve, Torosay Castle, Island of Mull, Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban Town, Duart Castle, Lismore Light, Eriska, Tralee Bay and North Ledaig Caravan Park

Games Club

18 - 25 August, 2022
Recreational board games club. Enjoy an afternoon of light hearted competition at our weekly Games Club. Play treasured classics like Scrabble, Mahjong and Cards or try out some contemporary favourites like Uno. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided (except to cheaters or overly competitive folk). If you have any boardgames you would like to donate to the club please get in touch with our Wellbeing Officer Niki. Requests for new games can be added to the list available at the club.

Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Experience

11 - 22 August, 2022
We run regular 2 hours of ceilidh dancing will give our small groups of dancers a true insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Our expert guides will talk you through the dances so you enjoy an unforgettable evening.

Landscape Painting Workshop

13 - 14 August, 2022
A full day landscape painting workshop with artist Ellis O’Connor. Learn alternative mark making skills, mixed medium techniques and how to paint the landscape in your own style. Participants will explore various ways to approach mark making using mixed mediums to create texture, detail and depth. Learn techniques for drawing and painting to bring out your inner style and build up confidence in using various tools and materials from nature. All materials are provided and are water-based and environmentally friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring some mark making tools found on the beach, in the forest or other outdoor locations, which will be used in the session. For example: twigs, shells, stones, foliage or other interesting shaped and textured objects. Your tutor Ellis O'Connor holds both an Honour’s and Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design where she graduated from in 2015. Over the last six years, Ellis has worked as a full-time artist whilst travelling consistently to take part in artist in residence programmes around the world. Most notably, Ellis was one of ten artists selected to take part in the annual Arctic Circle Residency. Taking direct inspiration from the environment, 10 artists were chosen to sail around the Archipelago of Svalbard in the High Arctic. Ellis exhibits her work widely locally and internationally throughout the year as well as tutoring and running art works for public organisations and private clients. Ellis has a deep passion for art and believes it’s one of the most effective tools in exploring connection and using it as an important outlet to navigate through inner emotions. Ellis appeared on BBC's Mortimer & Whitehouse go fishing as well as BBC Scot and Visit Scotland. More info about Ellis' achievements

Creative Walking

13 - 13 August, 2022
Get into the creative 'flow' at our Creative walking sessions with a gentle walk exploring Oban. Take time to breathe in the beauty and touch on a bit of history or information about the area whilst we sit, explore and sketch a feature or write some inspirational quotes prompted by the walk. This will be a nice, relaxed gentle walk for all starting and ending at The Rockfield Centre. Things to take: All weather clothing and footwear i.e. layers, raincoats, sunglasses and sun cream A Snack and drink Something to sit on i.e. a blanket A journal and or a sketch pad Art materials i.e. pencil, rubbers, colouring pencils and any other materials you like to work with Ready-made art packs to borrow for anyone who would like one.

Declan Welsh And The Decadent West

14 - 14 August, 2022
Indie ensemble hailing from East Kilbride, Scotland.

Joy, Jukebox and Juice

16 - 16 August, 2022
Fun sessions for children and families. Enjoy some summer fun with kids crafts, dance, stories and playtime in these creative sessions. Sessions include guided crafts and activities to take part in as well as self-led creative exploration. A Carton of juice and snack will be provided for each child. All craft materials provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Macrame Workshop Oban

20 - 20 August, 2022
Macrame workshop at the Rockfield Arts Centre Oban Saturday 20th August 1-3pm Come along to to learn the basics of macrame and learn how to create your very own macrame wall/plant hanging. All materials are provided and booking is essential as spaces are limited. Macrame is an ancient textile craft that originates from the 13th century and is mostly associated with the 70’s when it was first made popular.  But macrame has made a modern comeback over the last decade and has found to be a wonderful craft for mindfulness.

Dunollie's Walking Ceilidh

24 - 24 August, 2022
Enjoy a musical evening in Dunollie. We will be welcoming a number of traditional Scottish musicians and dancers, whose performances you will be able to take in as you wander around our site. You may listen to a variety of beautiful instrument, have a go at some dances yourself and sample some of the Kettle Garden Cafe's light bites and refreshments.

Songs and Stories

25 - 25 August, 2022
A casual afternoon session listening to music or sharing songs and memories. Enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with music, song and stories from days gone by. Filled with warm memories and nostalgic sensations this session offers a sociable and participatory afternoon of gentle entertainment. Feel free to bring your own instrument and give us a tune we can all enjoy. We will have plenty of stories from days gone by to blether about.