The Glue Pot
'Scotland's renowned source of hospitality for hundreds of years'
The Glue Pot is an 18th Century pub, 'full-of-character', where a friendly
welcome from locals and staff awaits you. As part of The Oyster Inn, there
is mouth-watering food using only the finest local ingredients.
There is an extensive range of refreshments on offer, including: cask ales, single
malts, Scottish gins, micro-brewery ales, delicious wines, all at one of the
most atmospheric pubs in Scotland. The Glue Pot offers a choice of
imaginative and exciting dishes prepared fresh to order. Cosy log fire and
regular local live music throughout the year.
A popular stop for walkers, divers, canoeists, fishermen and yachting
enthusiasts along with discerning tourists looking for a traditional
Scottish pub atmosphere - a busy bar with great character and enriched in
history throughout the centuries.
Oban Whisky at the Glue Pot
The Old Shore
The Old Glue Pot
The Glue Pot
The hotel was originally the 18th Century ferry house for the Connel Ferry
which departed in front of the hotel where you can still see the old slip
Connel Ferry as it was known then, became a small village during the 16th
The licensed Ferry House is known as, the 'Glue Pot' at Connel Ferry, for
Licensing laws in Scotland (Forbes Mackenzie Act 1853) banned drinking in
public houses on Sunday's.
Under the Act canny locals became infamous "bona fide travellers" who could
be served in an Inn or Hotel. Travelling in good faith meant that you
should not be "travelling for the purpose of taking refreshment", but you
could be "one who goes into an Inn for a refreshment in the course of a
journey, whether on business or pleasure".
The canny locals took the morning conveyance from Oban to the Glue Pot at
Connel Ferry. They were then 'stuck' until the next conveyance in the late
afternoon returned to take them home!
Also, behind the Inn was a blacksmiths where old horse hooves were melted
down to make glue. Some old glue pots hang from the ceiling in the bar.
The glue pots were usually of a double boiler construction similar to a bain
marie, in which glue was melted and kept at the optimum temperature, in the
range of 120 to 150 deg. F. Control of temperature was important, as
overheating of the horse hoof glue resulted in a loss of gel strength.
A Local Tradition...
On the way in and out of the Glue Pot, touch the Glue Pot hanging over the
door...it brings you luck!