Oban Station Pier

Location type


Name and dates

Oban Station Pier (1880-)

Opened on the Piers, Slips and Staiths.
Opened on the Caledonian MacBrayne.
Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

This pier is located in the south of Oban Bay, a large natural anchorage protected from the west by the island of Kerrera. It was opened in 1880 along with Oban station by the Callander and Oban Railway. With the opening of the extension from Dalmally and the pier the railway was able to connect with ferry services to the West Coast of Scotland and the fishing fleet. The opening largely replaced the existing Oban North Pier, also known as the town pier, and Oban South Pier.

To build the pier there was considerable land reclamation. In addition to the Oban passenger station there were quayside lines and a goods shed.

The pier was expanded in 1903 for the opening of extra platforms associated with the new Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway).

In recent years the ferry terminal has been replaced with a new building and railway track cut back to the Oban passenger station and a few sidings.

Caledonian MacBrayne operate ferry services to a number of locations.

Achnacroish Pier (Lismore), Castlebay Pier, Craignure Pier, Coll Ferry Terminal, Colonsay Pier, Kennacraig, Lochboisdale Pier, Mallaig Pier, Port Askaig, Tiree Pier
Caledonian MacBrayne - Oban

Tags

Pier slip ferry

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map




Dates

  /  /1897Callander and Oban Railway
Expansion of Oban and Oban Station Pier authorised in connection with the opening of the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway). Alterations to sea wall authorised.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)