We are ideally located to explore the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, and the Argyll islands.
Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ makes island hopping easily accessible whether by bus, boat, bike or car.
Isle of Mull
Just 45 minutes on the comfortable CalMac ferry takes you to Craignure on Mull, from where you can get a bus or drive to either the south-western end with the historical sites of Iona and Duart Castle or head north to the picturesque village of Tobermory. Along the way keep an eye out for the famous Mull wildlife including Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red Deer and Otters – they can all be seen form the road if you are lucky! If you fancy getting closer to the wildlife then take one of the many wildlife tours on offer, or head out to the Treshnish Isles where you can walk amongst nesting puffins on the cliffs.
Lying alongside the coast at Oban is the peaceful island of Kerrera. Accessed by passenger ferry from oban, the island is perfect for a day out, as you can walk south from the ferry slip and bisit the Parrot Sanctuary, and enjoy the views before heading down to the cafe and ruins of Castle Gylen.
To the north lies the narrow island of Lismore, which can be reached by car ferry from Oban, or by passenger ferry from Port Appin. Make the most of the quiet roads by cycling to the cafe and heritage museum. Bikes can be hired in Port Appin.
Another way to see the islands, and explore the local area is on board one of Coastal Connections 11 metre cabined RIBs. Try their ‘wildlife and castles’ 2 hour trip form Oban or a day trip to Tobermory, giving you time to explore this picturesque village.
There are so many places to visit in the area, listed below are a few of our favourites:
Fort William and Glencoe
Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ there are a large range of activities in the area including walking, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting, gorge walking …. the list is endless! And of course there is always the stunning scenery to enjoy.
Kilmartin and Crinan
To the south of Oban lies historic Kilmartin Glen, home to 800 historic monuments including standing stones, cup and ring markings and burial mounds. Why not spend an hour or two at the museum and their excellent cafe, before heading further south to Crinan Canal and Knapdale, home to the reintroduced beavers.
Heading inland you are treated to the breathtaking scenery of Loch Awe, Ben Cruachan and the surrounding mountains. Stop off at Cruachan Power Station and travel deep inside the mountain to see how electricity is generated there. Continue on to Inveraray with its castle, jail and maritime museum on board the schooner Arctic Penguin.
There is plenty of opportunity to take part in sporting activities like sea kayaking, sailing, golf, tennis, fishing, cycling etc. We have storage space available under cover for the use of guests, that would suit kayakers, cyclists and motor bikes. Please mention this when booking. The gardens open to the public ( Arduaine, Achnaclioch, Ardchatten Priory and Crarae near Inveraray) are a joy in the summer months for everyone.
Evening entertainment ranges from Ceilidhs to eating out at local pubs and restaurants. Oban has a wide variety of shops for your pleasure. These range from Supermarkets to small family owned specialty shops (butchers, bakers, fishmongers etc.)