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5 Fun Things to do Between Oban & Skye

5 Fun Things to do Between Oban & Skye

Many of our guests regularly make the trip from Oban to Skye, or vice-versa. Both places are known for their natural beauty, strong community, and fun activities to do – but what many people don’t know is that there is plenty to do between these two well-known Scottish hotspots!

As you travel through the gorgeous west coast of Scotland, you’ll find a wide range of things to see and do, including visiting historical landmarks, experiencing the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands, and even partaking in some outdoor activities – there’s always something to get involved in that will allow you take a well-earned break during the 3.5-hour journey between Oban and Skye.

Below, we’ve explored this further. Keep reading!

1. Castle Stalker

Castle Stalker is a gorgeous castle, located on a small island in Loch Laich, only a 30-minute drive north of Oban, on the way to the Isle of Skye. Castle Stalker is a real gem for those interested in learning more about Scottish history.

Castle Stalker
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Although it’s been around for hundreds of years, dating back to around 1320, the castle is still used as a private family residence! Due to its beauty, it has been used as a filming location for movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can even take a guided tour of the castle to learn more about its history and explore its unique architecture.

2. Glencoe

Glencoe Valley is one of Scotland’s most treasured locations and is located 16 miles south of Fort William, right in the middle of Oban and Skye.

When people think of the Scottish Highlands, they likely picture the jaw-dropping landscapes of Glencoe Valley, which has been helped by numerous movies being filmed there, most notably the 2012 blockbuster ‘James Bond: Skyfall’ which brought the stunning Glencoe to a much wider audience.

Glencoe Valley

There’s more to do than simply enjoying the views. Sports enthusiasts will be happy to learn that visitors of the famous ‘Glencoe Mountain’ can enjoy a range of summer and winter activities, including mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and even disc golf!

If you’re travelling between Oban and Skye, we highly recommend taking the time to visit this incredible part of the world.

3. Glenfinnan Viaduct

Another spot that’s no stranger to the big screen is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, located only 26 miles from Mallaig.

Often used in movies to display the beauty of Scotland, the Glenfinnan Viaduct has become a massively popular destination for those looking to visit the famous bridge and witness the renowned train in action.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Our sister hotel, No17 The Promenade, has already published an in-depth guide on some of the famous movies and TV shows that feature the Viaduct; however, here are three notable mentions:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Highlander
  • Stone of Destiny

If you’re a film-buff (or just a Harry Potter fan) we highly recommend taking the time to visit Glenfinnan’s Viaduct!

4. Neptune Staircase

Found in the picturesque village of Banavie, only four miles north of Fort William, is home to the incredible engineering feat that is Neptune’s Staircase.

Neptune Staircase
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Canal systems can be found all across Scotland, but the Neptune Staircase is the longest continuous row of locks in the country. Spanning over a quarter mile, boats can take around 90 minutes to travel from one end to the other.

Built between 1803 and 1822, it’s an impressive display of Scotland’s history still operating today.

You can also enjoy the various walking and cycling paths nearby, as the Staircase is located on the Great Glen Way – a fantastic way to experience the surrounding nature.

If you’re interested in engineering or sailing, we highly recommend making the trip to Banavie to see the Neptune Staircase in action!

5. Ben Nevis

No visit to the Scottish Highlands would be complete without at least visiting the highest peak in the United Kingdom, Ben Nevis. It’s located only a short drive from Fort William, the Munro is a sight to behold.

Ben Nevis

If you have time, we urge you to try and conquer Ben Nevis. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or a novice hiker, tackling the UK’s highest peak is a must-do experience. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views from the summit on a clear day, or simply revel in the beauty of the surrounding landscape as you ascend.


Travelling across the west coast of Scotland is an incredible experience, no matter where you go and what you see. The journey between Oban and Skye is full of fabulous natural wonders, historical landmarks, and engineering feats; it really is the perfect journey.

Of course, there is even more to do when you arrive in either Oban or Skye. If you’re interested in learning more about what to do in Oban, read our guide on the top local attractions found around our seaside town.

No matter whether you’re coming or going, you should consider choosing our luxury, seaside hotel as your place to stay in Oban. We’re dog-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friend with you! Click the button below to explore our website, learn more about us, and even book your stay!

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