SAMS 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.

SAMS regularly hosts conferences, workshops and training events using on-site facilities (ca.120 delegates.)


There are several hotels and bed & breakfast establishments in Oban and surroundings. Please note that Oban is a popular tourist destination so we advise early booking.
More information on where to stay can be found here.

Specially negotiated rates for BPS2019 are available at the Royal: £30.00 per night Bed and Breakfast or £35.00 per night Dinner Bed and Breakfast for single occupancy. (For  two guests in a double room it would be £60.00 per night Bed and Breakfast or £70.00 per night Dinner Bed and Breakfast).

Please contact them directly for booking here or write to them directly at the following

Getting from Oban to SAMS

There will be a shuttle bus running between Oban and SAMS and back on the 8th, 9th and 10th January.

Mornings: The bus will leave Oban Station Square at 08:30, this is a 35 seater bus. There is also a service bus running between Oban and SAMS in the morning, number 405 leaving Oban Station Square at 08:35 and arriving at the laboratory at 08:48 (the bus fare on this service is approx. £1.50).

Afternoon/Evenings: A 49 seater shuttle bus to Oban will leave SAMS at 19:30 on Tuesday 8th (after the wine reception), at 18:00 on Wednesday 9th, and 11:30 on Thursday 10th.

There is parking available at SAMS however the car park can be busy.

Getting here

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