Stay in Oban Accommodation

Oban has an abundance of accommodation to choose from, from Youth Hostels to Airbnb, Guesthouses to hotels, there is something to suite all budgets. In September the town is still busy with tourists so we would recomend booking early.

We have secured a discounted rate for delagates at the MGM Muthu Alexandra (3 star) and Best Western Queens (4 star) Hotels. Both are ideally located on the seafront less than 5 minutes walk to the conference venue. These rooms are available on a first come first served basis. Please contact the hotels directly to make a booking.


Muthu Alexandra Hotel


Best Western Queens

Rates will be held until end April 2020. Cancellation policy: once confirmed, one night retention would be charged.Within 45 days 50% of the total stay cost. Within 30 days 100% retention of the total stay.

Other Activities Social & Catering

Ice Breaker

The ice breaker event will be held on 7th of September at a venue yet to be confirmed. Check back soon for further details.


A vegetarian buffet lunch will be provided each day. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls on Wednesday 9th September. Tickets are £35 and are available on registration.


Registration, all lectures and poster sessions will be at the Corran Halls. It’s ideally located on the esplanade with views over Oban bay. There is parking on site and it’s only 15 Minutes walk from the train station.

Conference Venue

We're no that far away Travel & Transport

Train and long-distance buses

There are regular buses and trains running to Glasgow and Fort William, and connections from there to the rest of the country. For general transport information for Scotland visit the Traveline Scotland website.

Air travel

The nearest international airport is Glasgow International, which is two hours by car from SAMS. Edinburgh Airport is three hours car journey from Oban.


Oban is approximately 2 hours drive from glasgow via the A85. For directions click here.


There is easy access to and from the islands through Oban’s Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal.

Transport option Conference Bus

We are chartering two buses to take delegates from Glasgow Central Station to Oban via Glasgow Airport. The first will leave at 2pm on Monday 7th September, the second will leave no later than 8pm that evening. The bus will stop at Glasgow Airport on on its way to Oban. We encourage you to take this option if there is no connecting train or if your connecting train would be a long wait.

Book the bus when you register.

oban at night
oban at night

GIVE BACK Offset your Carbon

Why not consider offsetting the carbon created by your journey by donating to a carbon offset programme. There are many schemes available but we have included a link to Offset Earth.

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