Oban’s name derives from the Gaelic language and means ‘little bay’. Surrounded by miles of dramatic coast and beautiful countryside, the seaside town is also known as the Gateway to the Isles. Oban itself is compact and easy to get round on foot. There are plenty of small galleries and independent stores to browse through, as well as the centrally-located local distillery, chocolate shop, and museum. Wander along the seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and the sandy beaches beyond.
Some of the lochs we'll pass en-route Oban:
Loch Fyne is Scotland’s longest sea loch extending from just above Inveraray , past Portavadie and then out to the Kyles of Bute. Known as ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ this area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and wildlife . A drive around Loch Fyne offers you ever changing views with some of Scotland’s most spectacular and unspoilt scenery
Loch Awe is a large loch, dotted with small islands and a handful of quaint villages surrounded by imposing countryside.
The Isle of Bute & Mount Stuart House & Gardens
We'll also spend a day exploring the Isle of Bute, renowned for its glorious gardens, grand architecture and friendly locals. We will have some time at Rothesay and we'll discover some of the island's hidden villages and spectacular scenery. To top it off, we have included admission to Mount Stuart House - the ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute, architect and patron of our very own Cardiff Castle.