The seaside town of Oban is the perfect base for a weekend of island hopping, with regular ferry services to Mull, Barra, South Uist, Tiree, Islay and Colonsay. If you don’t have time to visit all of the islands, Oban itself has plenty to see and do, with golf courses, watersports, museums, wildlife boat trips, a sealife centre and plenty of fantastic restaurants all nearby, including our Michelin awarded restaurant BAAB Meze & Grill.
Last year The Middle Aged Man shared his Glasgow to Oban Staycation experience. Here’s a quick recap of his trip:
Day 1: “After dropping our luggage in the room, we headed out, and took the steep but short stroll up to McCaig’s Tower which is a prominent monument and viewpoint overlooking Oban and the surrounding islands. After a bit of photography and posing we headed down and took a walk along the long and winding seafront pathway, taking in Oban’s War Memorial and views of Dunollie Castle, which unfortunately was shut to visitors when we visited.”
Day 2: “The next morning after a well-earned kip, we grabbed some breakfast to go from a local café, jumped in the car and took the 15-minute drive from Oban to Beinn Lora for a Birthday hill walk. Beinn Lora sits to the North of Oban in a little village called Benderloch, and even although it only measures 308 metres high, it is a great little walk with some steep gradients to get your heart beating and temperature rising as well as some seriously boggy ground to navigate your way over. After about 2 hours of walking we reached the summit and thankfully the fog cleared to allow us breath-taking views over Argyle & Bute.”
“After our successful refuelling, we took a drive back into Oban, and then along the coastal road, to Ganavan Bay. As if we hadn’t done enough walking where we took a walk along the cycle path to the village of Dunbeg and back which took about an hour and was an effective way to burn off some of the tray bake we had over indulged in at lunch.
After another evening in our lovely accommodation it was sadly time for us to head back to Glasgow to prepare to go back to work after the Xmas break. Our trip to Oban will life long in the memory both for the fact that I was celebrating my birthday, but also the fact that we had great accommodation, had explored the great outdoors & had some culinary treats along the way.”