Welcome to Abbie's Cafe
History of Abbie's Cafe
Abbie's Cafe is a small friendly family run cafe situated in the beautiful harbour town of Oban, Argyll.
It was taken on by husband and wife team Andrew and Lisa on the August 2014.
Come in for a warm friendly welcome from all our staff. We serve everything from all day breakfasts, light bites and main meals to freshly made pancakes and home baking. Enjoy a selection of freshly ground coffee, plus an excellent choice of teas, soft drinks and delicious thick milk shakes.
Things to see in Oban
McCaig's Tower has to be Oban's most famous landmark. Overlooking the bay from atop of Battery Hill the tower was built using Bonawe granite from local quarries, with a circumference of about 200 meters with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches. At the time of its part construction between 1897 and 1902 it was said to have cost around £5,000 sterling (£500,000 in todays prices). The architect was the wealthy banker John Stuart McCaig who sadly died before he could finish the Roman and Greek style project.
Dunollie Castle lies on a small hill to the north of the town. The castle views extend over the bay to Kerrera and the isles beyond. The castle is open to the public and can be entered via Dunollie House or a steep narrow pathway to the front of the structure. The castle foundations date back to the Bronze Age where its documented stood a fort. Dunollie is the seat of the Clan MacDougall and has been since the 12th century when Somerled Lord of the Isles gifted it to his son Dugall.
Dunstaffnage Castle lies 3 miles outside Oban in the small village of Dunbeg. Although partially ruined it is still a magnificent structure and one of Scotland's oldest stone castles. The castle itself dates back to the 13th century and built by the MacDougall Lord of Lorn, surrounded on three sides by the ocean it makes for a perfect strategic point. Dunstaffnage is maintained by Historic Scotland and is open to the public more information regarding opening times etc can be found on their website.
Oban Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Built in 1794 by two brothers John and Hugh Stevenson it pre-dates the town of Oban itself. The building underwent a refurbishment in 1890 but since then there has been little change. Visitors to the distillery can embark on a tour showing them the traditional craftmanship of producing whiskey, visitors can also enjoy a free dram of the famous Oban 14 year old West Highland Malt. The distillery is open to the public all year round.
Kerrera is a small island just across the harbour from Oban, its geographical position gives Oban the shelter it has needed to become the thriving port that it is today. Kerrera is most famous for Gylen Castle built around the year 1582. Alexander II of Scotland also died on the island in 1249. The island is owned by the MacDougall's of Dunollie and is approx 7 km long and 2 km wide. At the south end near the castle is a tea room/cafe which is open most of the year. A ferry service runs daily trips too and from Oban.