Travel Info

The Scottish Association for Marine Science is an independent non-profit membership organisation founded in 1884 by Sir John Murray. Since then, SAMS has developed to an internationally established research centre studying all aspects of the marine system, providing education (BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD) and scientific knowledge for society, policy makers and business.

Getting to Oban

Oban is well connected to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports via public transport (bus and train) and reachable by car (roughly 85 miles and 115 miles respectively). For direction with Google click here

More detailed information on how to get there can be found here

Getting from Oban to SAMS

SAMS is approximately 10 minutes drive from Oban. There is parking available at SAMS, however please be aware that the car park can be busy.

Conference shuttle buses will run between Oban and SAMS on the 10th, 11th and 12th July. They will carry an “OMGN” sign.

Mornings: Conference buses will transport delegates from Oban Station Square to SAMS each morning. On Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th, two buses will depart at 08:20. On Thursday 11th, one bus will depart at 08:00 and another at 08:25. All buses will make an additional stop at Corran Halls (northern end of town seafront) en route.

A service bus also runs between Oban and SAMS in the morning, number 405 leaving Oban Station Square at 08:35 (picking up at Corran Halls en route) and arriving at SAMS at 08:48 (the bus fare on this service is approx. £1.70).

Afternoon/Evenings: Two conference buses will transport delegates from SAMS to Oban at the conclusion of each day, departing at 19:00 on Wednesday 10th (after the wine reception), at 18:00 and 18:25 on Thursday 11th (after poster session) and at 17:30 on Friday 12th.

Service buses also run from Road End, Dunbeg (12 min walk from SAMS) to Oban approximately every half hour. 

Delegates on the second boat tour of the seaweed farm on Friday 12th will be dropped off by boat at North Pier, Oban at 18:30. 


Getting from Oban to Glasgow

Two conference shuttle buses will depart from Oban Station Square at 2pm on Saturday 13th July. The buses will drop off at two locations in Glasgow – the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) and George Square (city centre).

Due to space constraints, pre-booking is essential for this service. If you require a seat and didn’t request one during online registration, please contact the OMGN organising committee (

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