There is much to explore from the doorstep including the stunning Loch Etive. Wildlife cruises are available on the loch and if the weather serves you well you can swim or relax on the pristine pebble beaches or hire a kayak from Oban or Connel. The loch is a great place to bird watch and spot deer and seals.
Hikers can climb Ben Lui, Ben Cruachan and a host of other Munroes in the nearby area. Walk Highlands provides maps and details of local hikes. There are a several gentle walks that can be done from the door step to Airds Bay, Loch Etive, the Smokehouse and the Iron Furnace. See the gallery for an array of pictures taken on these walks.
Jump on a train or drive to Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles‘ it will take you just 20 minutes. There you can catch a ferry to the Inner or Outer Hebrides, explore the local gift shops or eat in one of the many seafood restaurants. There are an abundance of wildlife tours from Oban as well as tours to the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, sailing and coasteering. The Falls of Lora is a useful resource for kayakers.
Nearby attractions and activities
- Inverawe Smokehouse (wonderful cafe, shop and walks)
- Bonawe Iron Furnace
- Loch Etive cruises
- Loch Etive Sea fishing
- Kayaking trips
- Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary
- Coastal Connections
- Staffa Tours
- Sealife Adventures
- Seafari Oban
- Mull Wildlife Tours (we saw white tailed sea eagles, a golden eagle, otters, red deer and many other bird species!)
- Glen Nant
- Beinn Lora (amazing views from this 300 metre climb!)
- Sutherland’s Grove (don’t miss the stunning gorge!)
- Robin’s Nest Tea Room, Taynuilt
- Taynuilt Hotel Restaurant (cooked breakfast available here)
- Oyster Inn, Connel
- Our favourite cafes in Oban….Julies Coffeehouse, Bossards Patisserie and Kitchen Garden and the The Potting Shed.
- For takeaway seafood you can’t beat Oban Seafood Hut. Seafood restaurants include Ee-Usk and Coast
- Itadaki Zen (Vegan Japanese cuisine in Oban!)