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Oban for a week...

Hi Everyone,

We (2 couples in our early 50's) will be using Oban as our "base" for a week of sight-seeing in June...What "must dos" should be on our list and which Islands would you recommend to see? We are NOT hikers but do love to "stroll" (lol) and we absolutely MUST see a castle or two....

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

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1. Re: Oban for a week...

On the trip over on the ferry from Oban to Mull you will pass Duart Castle - we didn't visit it but it looks beautiful and very atmospheric when you pass it on the ferry. Mull was very scenic but it takes quite a long time to drive round so don't underestimate the distances. I would also recommend a trip over to Iona which is so peaceful - the pink granite rocks at Fionnphort where the ferry leaves Mull for Iona will look stunning in a June sunset...

Have you booked your accommodation in Oban? It really seems a shame returning to Oban every night as you would see much more island hopping and moving up the coast then back down the mainland for example - but you may have already made plans which you cannot change?

regards

Woody x

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Hi Woody,

Yes, we have booked a Flat overlooking the Bay. We will have a car and have several "day trips" planned already - in fact, Duarte Castle is on my "list" as is a full day on Mull.....We have been "mulling" over going to Iona and I think we will just have to bite the bullet and go!!! Thanks for your suggestions and if you think of anything else, post away!!!

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3. Re: Oban for a week...

Iona is a long day trip, but definitely worth it. Taking the car across to Mull for two or more days is an expensive habit - why not leave it overnight at Craignure and come back to Oban as foot passengers. Then you can return to Mull the next morning as foot passengers and have another day on Mull. Maybe another boat trip too - I recommned the Treshish Isles, especially if the puffins are still there.

Closer to Oban, the small and little known island of Kerrera is great for a peaceful walk.

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Hi Dhmellor

That is a terrific idea!!! Our flat is only minutes away from the Ferry too!

Quick question - do you know if we would have to pay parking to leave the car overnite at Craignure? ..and I'm wondering if we need 2(!) full days on Mull ?

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5. Re: Oban for a week...

Mull is a wonderful island, and there's lots of it - you could easily spend a week there, let alone two days! And I'm pretty sure you don't need to pay to park at Craignure.

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6. Re: Oban for a week...

Lunch in Glen Coe. It would be criminal not to visit when you are up that way. A stroll along the old road just to take in the atmosphere, lunch at the Clachaig.

In June remmeber your jungle juice though.

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7. Re: Oban for a week...

Thanks EmbraChap! We actually have a "day out" planned for Glen Coe and "area"...we will definately do lunch at the Clachaig!!!

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From Oban there's a very scenic coast road heading South; now much of that you do will depend on how many places you stop at. You can return the same way, or take a minor road running up the west of Loch Awe, or continue on quite a lot further before turning up loch Lomond - that's probably too long in the car though. here are a few places worth a visit if you had infinite amount of time at your disposal!

The Bridge over the Atlantic / Seil

Kilmelford

Arduaine Gardens

Salachary Standing Stones, or others in the region at Kilmartin

Kilmartin House, Museum of Ancient Culture

(just north of Kilmartin) B840 road going N.E. up the E. side of Loch Awe to Dalmally. Views of the Loch with Ben Cruachan beyond.

or:

continue south

(slight diversion) Crinan

Lochgilphead

Crarae Forest Garden (on hillside ...)

Inverary (loch views, Inverary Castle)

A819 N.W. inland to Dalmally

or (and this is probably a step too far unless you like driving):

continue North East

Clachan at the top of Loch Fyne. Probably the best seafood there is. As supplied worldwide.

Ardkinglas garden near Cairndow

the "Rest and be Thankful" Hill pass

Arrochar (old torpedo ranges, views of "The Cobbler")

Tarbet.

You are now on Loch Lomond having come a long way South. Turn North.

Crianlarach

Tyndrum (they're just about to mine for gold in them thar hills)

Turn west onto the Oban road, the A85

Dalmally (the shortcuts mentioned earlier join the route here)

Ben Cruachan

Tours of the Ben Cruachan hydroelectric scheme (more interesting than it sounds)

Taynuilt

The Falls of Lora at Connel (spectacular tidal race if the timing's right)

Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunollie Castle

Back to Oban

Were you to do the last leg you'd have a *very* long day. Probably the castles N of Oban up to Connel are part of a different day. Perhaps Tyndrum down to Loch Lomond figure on your journey South at the end.

The loop down to Lochgilphead and Inverary and North again would be a full day, especially if you're stopping at a few places along the way. If you're cutting back on stopping places, Kilmartin and Inverary recommended to stay on the list.

But I'm trying to give you choices in a part of Scotland that's rather unadvertised, with some great coastal scenery

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9. Re: Oban for a week...

Recommend a boat trip on Loch Etive - an experience not to be missed!

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10. Re: Oban for a week...

Photo opportunities in Glencoe:

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Near the Ballachulish Bridge looking up Loch Leven

Near Glencoe village looking up/down loch leven or up Glen Coe - you have to pick your spot.

Trees and houses and occasional mountain views from the old road running up the glen

Signal Rock is much advertised but is surrounded by trees. Some very good views from the path though.

Stop before Loch Achtriochtan. Views across it, up the Glen. The Aonach Eagach on the left, the three Sisters on the right.

The car parks beyond Achtriochtan Farm. Views across the valley to the three sisters.

The car park in the narrow winding bit - river, rocks, and if fit, a climb to the study with imposing views down the Glen. As used in films about Rob Roy and Harry Potter, equal works of fiction :-)

Car park at Altnafeadh. Views across the upper glen to Buchaille Etive Mhor, the most impressive single lump of rock in the glen.

You will then be crossing Rannoch Moor, and passing the Kings House Hotel (off to your left).

There are a few unmarked car parking spots on the road as it crossed the bleakness of Rannoch moor. Views back towards the Buchaille, or South into the big corrie, Corrie nam Ba, the Black Mount mountains, and the large amounts of water just off the roadside.

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All ignoring the delights of the Clachaig. Frequented by climbers who hit the bar in the evenings, much more civilised while they're out fingering the rocks. Late evening can be raucous, but you'll be safely back in Oban by the time they run riot!

Edited: 10 April 2012, 23:41