Known as the gateway to the isles, Oban is a stunning coastal town in Scotland that’s worth exploring from all corners and the best way to discover the west coast is by walking! Walking is one of the most popular activities for most travellers, as there are plenty of adventures, hidden trails and local hotspots to walk around. Also, being the Hebridean gateway and transport hub, it’s easy to hop on a ferry to another island, and join the number of explorers looking for a great day’s walking, giving them a taste of island life, culture and local history. We’ve listed some of our favourite walks that cater to all types of walkers.
For a gentle stroll, you can enjoy a lovely 30 minute walk from our hotel to Ganavan Sands, a sandy beach that offers visitors great views out to Mull, Lismore and Morven. Two miles north of Oban along the esplanade, past the ruin of Dunollie Castle and Dog Stone, with a pavement most of the way, this is a fairly easy walk for all to enjoy. With gentle slopes, the beach has stunning views out towards Morven and Mull. With wonderful views the entire journey, you can continue your adventure by following the cycle path to Dunbeg or foot path to Dunstaffnage.
If you’d prefer a slightly longer walk, we’d recommend heading to Pulpit Hill and Gallanach. As you venture from our hotel grounds you will pass Oban’s charming town centre where you’ll see some of our main attractions, restaurants and bars. To reach Pulpit Hill, follow the signposted path that heads uphill from the south end of the harbour. You’ll walk through a hilly residential area before reaching the top of Pulpit Hill and the panoramic views that await. After you’ve enjoyed the views, head downhill to reach your final destination, Gallanach.
Less than half a mile off Scotland’s west coast lies the Island of Kerrera, an idyllic Hebridean paradise. To reach the island, you can catch the Kerrera Ferry from Gallanach, 2 miles from Oban’s town centre. Once you reach Kerrera you can walk the 10km circuit which starts and finishes at the main ferry port. Head south, experience the Sound of Kerrera and then head downhill where you can enjoy gorgeous views out towards Mull, Colonsay and the Garvellachs. As you wander the circuit you’ll pass the magnificent Gylen Castle which boasts spectacular Highland views and once you reach the southern tip of Kerrera past Ardmore, more incredible vistas await!
If you’re looking for great views with a leisurely climb, the mini hillwalk to Battleship Hill is one of the best Oban walks for you. From No. 26 it should take you approximately 1-2 hours to complete the 6km walk, there and back. Head towards Dunollie Castle grounds and follow the track up the hill before you reach the castle. The walk has a short distance of steep terrain before you reach the summit. This is made all worthwhile when you reach the peak as you are welcomed by panoramic views which highlight Ben Cruachan, the Isle of Mull, Lismore, Kerrera and beyond.
When you stay with us, you are spoilt for choice with walks around Oban. Just an hour away on the ferry is the Isle of Lismore. The name lismore derives from the Gaelic term Lios Mor, meaning the big garden, and that’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit this beautiful green island. Although the terrain doesn’t reach great heights, the island is filled with rugged, rocky landscapes as well as sheltered areas of verdant paradise. When exploring the island on foot you will be spoilt by stunning views across the water to Ardnamurchan, Mull and the mountains of Argyll.