Oban (Gaelic: An t-Oban for "Little Bay") is a town with 8574 inhabitants (as of 2011) in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland. It is located in a bay of the small island of Kerrera is upstream so that Oban is characterized by a very sheltered location. The place with almost urban character today was a small fishing village until the 19th century. With the steamboat era and the railway connection via West Highland Line 1880 Oban grew to the center of the west coast and the main ferry terminal for the Inner and Outer Hebrides. There are connections among others to the islands of Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Barra and South Uist. During World War II was Oban destination port of EN convoys. The granite cliffs, bays and islands around Oban attract many tourists and deep sea fishing. Queen Victoria called Oban "one of the finest spots we have seen". Oban is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. The St Columba's Cathedral, the main church of the diocese, was built in 1932 to 1959 in neo-Gothic style. The 3,600 km long Trans-Atlantic telephone cable TAT-1 was on 25 September 1956 between Oban and Clarenville (Newfoundland) commissioned.
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