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 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 today.

Connel Ferry as it was known then, became a small village during the 16th Century.

The licensed Ferry House is known as, the 'Glue Pot' at Connel Ferry, for two facts:
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 brings you luck!


Our function space allows weddings and functions for up to 100 people. Available for hire at certain times of the year only. Please ask for details.