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Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

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Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

We have a 6PM arrival at the airport and have to make our way to Oban.

What would be your advice with small kids? Spend the night in Glasgow, on the way to Oban (Loch Lomond?), or just head to Oban and have a meal along the way.

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1. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Personally I would look at staying in Glasgow or the surrounding area and travelling up in the morning.

You could save a days car hire, have a nice relaxing meal in Glasgow and set off fresh the next day.

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2. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

What time of year are you talking about.

In June you could have another 5 hours daylight. Other times it will be pitch dark.

I would say no further than Loch Lomond. Why the rush?

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3. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

We'll be there in July - no rush but driving into town with the rental car might be a bit of a pain maybe.

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4. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Maybe - maybe not.

Have you booked the hire car?

There are a number of places you can stay, they need not be anywhere near the city.

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5. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

We did book the hire car - Glasgow would be fun (I'd like it) but landing at 6 might mean we'd be checked in at the hotel after 8PM and maybe that is cutting it close with smallish kids to have a relaxed dinner.

Edited: 22 April 2011, 00:30
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6. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Would be much more relaxed than driving north and finding somewhere to eat.

If the plane is on time you could be eating in Glasgow by 8pm

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7. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Parking in Glasgow is not that much of an issue. In fact you can park on the street for free in the evening and as long as you are up to get the car before 0900.

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8. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Glasgow Airport is on the M8 motorway west of Glasgow, which means you can head straight on you way without going in to the city. I suggest booking a B and B around Loch Lomond, or maybe Arrochar on Loch Long.. Or you could take a family room at the Travel Lodge or the Premier Inn at Dumbarton. These places are only a short distance from the airport, and you will have an easy trip to Oban the next morning.

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9. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

If your budget can stretch to it I would recommend stopping at one of the following hotels en route to Oban: Marr Hall (15 minutes West of the airport), Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond (half an hour from the airport) or Lodge on the Loch (35 minutes from the airport). The next day, stop for an hour or two in the picturesque town of Inveraray en route to Oban. You can tour the castle and the old town jail and dine at the George Hotel, an old coaching Inn. Enjoy!

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10. Re: Glasgow to Oban by car - where to stop?

Definitely don't go in to the city centre. Oban is in the opposite direction to the city, and there would be no point going into the city for one night with young kids as you say. Some good tips above.