Oban History and Archaeology 3 Hour Tour
This 3-hour luxury tour of Oban showcases some of the most incredible scenery and history in Argyll. Relax and ride in comfort with your kilted driver and historian guide as you explore Dunstaffnage Castle, the Falls of Lora, Glen Lonan and McCaig’s Tower or Historic Kilbride.
This is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, built by the powerful Clan MacDougall, Lords of Lorn. The 13th century fortress is built on a stronghold of the ancient kingdom of Dál Raita and it is believed to have held the Stone of Destiny, the block used in the coronation of Scottish monarchs, before its transfer to Scone Palace. It also housed Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald when she was arrested for aiding Bonnie Prince Charlie. Explore the ancient church and burial ground and see what it was like to live in a medieval Scottish castle.
Falls of Lora
Formed by Loch Etive flowing into the sea through a narrow rocky reef, huge volumes of water rush through with the tides, the Falls of Lora in Connel are a spectacular sight. It is crossed by an incredible cantilever bridge that was constructed for the Connel-Ballachulish Railway in 1903, and it was the second longest spanning railroad bridge in Britain, second only to the Forth Bridge. You might recognise it from the 1981 Donald Sutherland film Eye of the Needle.
This picturesque single lane road through lovely scenery is quintessentially Scottish, complete with mountain views, babbling rivers, waterfalls and Highland cows. Relax and take in the peaceful, sweeping vistas as we take the “back road” back to Oban. Along the way, along the shores of Loch Nell, the Swan loch, we will explore ancient megaliths such as a standing stone, chambered tombs and a one of Britain's only remaining serpent mounds, similar to the Hopewell mound in Ohio.
At Historic Kilbride, an ancient kirk and graveyard, you can learn the stories of clan life and the community that was the main settlement before Oban. Visit the medieval kirk ruin and the Clan MacDougall chief burial aisle.
Oban History and Archaeology Tours are available for 2-6 people and last approximately 3 hours.
Price: £65 pounds per person, ages 14 and over welcome. This is not a private tour.
*Please note times are approximate and depend on several factors, including final itinerary, pace, traffic and weather conditions. This tour covers uneven terrain by foot and some sites may require more than a hundred yards of walking. To take full advantage of the sites on this tour, sturdy footwear is required and a waterproof layer is recommended.
Tomb of the Giant