5 of our favourite walks in and around Oban

10th July 2020

5 Best Walks in and around Oban

Many of our guests at West Coast Cottages come to visit our stunning wee town of Oban, however many come and return as it is the perfect pace for outdoor enthusiasts with a range of trails that suit all levels of experience, so We have put together 5 of our favourite walks to do in and around Oban.

Not only does these trails provide breath-taking views among the beautiful countryside, the West Coast of Scotland is wildlife, castles, beaches, mountains and more.

It also is popular with most visitors at our Cottages as there are plenty of 'Munros' (Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet) for hill walksers to conquer.


Kerrera Island

Visitors to Oban can't help but notice the massive obelisk monument at the north end of the isle of Kerrera, guarding the entrance to the harbour.

Kerrera is a beautiful place and is a short ferry ride from the south of Oban.

There is a circular walk of about six miles on landrover tracks which leads to the remains of Gylen Castle where you can sit near the pebble beach and enjoy a picnic while taking in the sea air. The walk also has a cute wee tea garden to stop for coffee and cake half way round and mainly picturesque views the whole way round.


Pulpit Hill and Gallanach

For those looking for an enjoyable, but perhaps less strenuous walk, this route takes a look at the countryside directly South of Oban. The full walk is a 4.5-mile circuit, about 2 hours walk however, it can also be done as a one-way journey with a bus back. The start of the route includes a manageable uphill walk to Pulpit Hill, notorious for its admirable views over Oban.



This is a lovely walk from Oban. If you walk out of Oban along the esplanade, passing the war memorial and Dunollie Castle, keep going straight and you will come across ‘wee Ganavan’ which is beautiful and great for swimming or paddle boarding. Once you have explored this quant beach, keep walking and you will come to Ganavan Sands.

Once you arrive here, there are toilets and Dougie Dans van where you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a nice ice-cream.

If you wish to carry on your walk if you carry on past the swings you will see a track between the bracken and the trees. This excellent circuit starts with a rugged but beautiful coastal walk with great views. The route then visits the dramatic Dunstaffnage Castle before returning by following the cycle path.


Beinn Lora

Located in Benderloch, 20 minutes out of Oban. This is quite a short strenuous walk at 308 metres high, but it’s well worth the climb up the hill from the foot of Beinn Lora for the stunning panorama of coast, islands and mountains. There are two way-marked forest trails, Coastal Climb (1.4 miles) and Eagle's Eyrie (3.1 miles).

The magnificent views from its summit match those from many a Munro. The approach uses waymarked forestry walks but the section before the final ascent up to the top can be boggy.

Picnic tables at wonderful vantage points give you a chance to catch your breath and take in the scenery and the Eagle's Eyrie viewpoint is an ideal photo opportunity.

Once you are finished, we like to stop off at The Lochnell Arms Hotel in North Connell which serves an amazing Sunday Carvery.


Loch Gleann a' Bhearraidh

When visiting West Coast Cottages, at some point you will be visiting The Barn Bar for dinner or a pint which which is walking distance from Achalic Beag and Tigh Beg Cottage.

However what many don’t know is that there is a gentle walk at the back of the Barn to Loch Gleann a' Bhearraidh. A small reservoir partially surrounded forest. You can also now fish in the loch and is great for swimming.

know is that there is a gentle walk at the back of the Barn to Loch Gleann a' Bhearraidh. A small reservoir partially surrounded forest. You can also now fish in the loch and is great for swimming.

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