Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom

Picturesque Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles. Arriving by sea, as you will, means threading between the Hebrides into the perfect horseshoe bay and facing the town’s elevated Esplanade. The circular colonnade of McCaig’s Tower dominates a cliff above the town, and castles such as Dunollie and Dunnstafnage add visual appeal to nearby heights. Look into the Oban War and Peace Museum, located in the historic single-malt whisky distillery, which predates the town itself. Or travel to one or more of the eighteen so-called “Glorious Gardens of Argyll” that surround the town. The most popular attractions at the Sea Life Sanctuary are the endearing otters and seals on display, as well as the dramatic setting.