Oban Itineray Ideas
Michelle's Itinerary Suggestions
Suggestions for Glencoe to Oban
Your downloadable PDF of this itinerary is at the bottom of the page if you wish to print. This suggested route from Glencoe to Oban hits several fantastic attractions, both architectural and natural. Visit two of Argyll’s most iconic buildings, as well as two optional waterfalls, each spectacular in its own way. This Google maps link will help you navigate:
Look for the Glen Orchy sign off the A82 (the forest road parallels the main road so there are two entrances, enter one and come out the other) and a bit down the single track along the River Orchy, there is a car park for the main waterfalls, with a bridge over them and forestry walking trails.
The doors to the castle are closed but you can walk around the grounds. The car park is not marked, so keep an eye out on the left side coming from Glen Orchy.
Look for the small car park across from the Oyster Inn under Connel Bridge. There is a short path to the shoreline to view the falls.
Suggestions for Oban activities
Book ahead for the 45 minute tour by phoning 01631 572004
You will need to drive, or else park at Ganavan and walk the coastal path from the Beach. Pre booked tickets by appointment only, buy online at:
About 45 minute walk from Oban centre or 5 minute drive down to car park.
Take the ferry from Gallanach for a walk around the island, which is very rural, has a castle ruin, and is excellent for spotting wildlife. The entire path around the island is quite a trek, so save it for a nice day.
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Suggestions for south of Oban car trip
You can make a half day of this, or longer if you go to Kilmartin. Google maps link:
This is a lovely wee site that gives you an insight into life in Argyll over thousands of years. If you give me a heads up, either the caretaker or myself can give you a guided tour (I live next door). There is a country pub nearby. Nice for hardcore history buffs.
You can drive across the famous Bridge Over the Atlantic and stop on the far side for photos by parking at the Tigh an Truish Pub (open Thu-Sun) or across from it. Once you take the turnoff the isles (look for the brown sign), you will see signs for Cuan, the car ferry to Luing, or Seil (the passenger ferry to Easdale is here), which you can easily walk the circumference around the slate pools. I would suggest going to Seil, then if the weather is nice, Easdale and/or Armaddy Castle Gardens. Very charming area with wonderful views.
Look for a small sign on the left on the single-track road to Seil- it’s easy to miss! There is a car park near the castle, which is private, but the garden is open to the public. Lovely spot to walk on a nice autumn day and you will probably have it to yourself.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can keep going south to Kilmartin Glen, which is about an hour drive from Oban.