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Large family vacation based in Oban

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Large family vacation based in Oban

My family and extended family have rented a house this June in Oban. We will be there for a full week. Does anyone have recommendations for "must-see" things in Oban and the surrounding area? we are from the U.S., so we want to make the most of our time! We will have a car and would like to do a few day trips, but will be based solely out of Oban. Thank you!!

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1. Re: Large family vacation based in Oban





A boat trip to the Corryvreckan whirlpool and/or Staffa (there are plenty of these from Oban)

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2. Re: Large family vacation based in Oban

Various wildlife tours for Basking Sharks, whales, dolphins, otters, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles among others

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3. Re: Large family vacation based in Oban

Mull/Iona/Staffa. You can go with an organised trip:



Or take a car across and explore (it's much cheaper than it used to be):


Drive up to Port Appin, hire bikes and take the wee ferry over to Lismore: http://www.isleoflismore.com/

Visit Castle Stalker: http://www.castlestalker.com/wp/tours/

Visit Glencoe: http://www.glencoescotland.com/

... including the chair lift up the mountain: glencoemountain.co.uk/chairlift-rides.html

Visit the Sea Life Sanctuary: https://www.visitsealife.com/oban/

See inside a hollowed out mountain: http://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/

Hire a boat on Loch Awe: http://www.lochaweside-marine.co.uk/

See Kilchurn Castle: historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/…

Visit Inveraray and see the Castle and Jail: http://www.inveraray-argyll.com/

Take the tiny ferry from Seil Island to Easdale Island: http://www.easdale.org/easdale/

Go walking on Kerrera: http://www.kerrera-ferry.co.uk/kerrera.html

Dunstaffnage Castle: historic-scotland.gov.uk/…

Walk along to Dunollie Castle: http://www.dunollie.org/

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4. Re: Large family vacation based in Oban

I would second driving to Port Appin, it's a lovely wee village and the ferry over to Lismore is delightful. We hired bikes and cycled on the island and had a great day. Didn't go the whole length of the island,we only got as far as

the cafe!


If you don't eat on Lismore you must pop into The Pierhouse in Port Appin right beside the ferry pier, the seafood is fabulous and if it's just for coffee and cake, the scones are HUGE!

As DDootsie suggests, go to Mull and get yourselves to Iona which is beautiful. You need to leave your car at Fionnphort, but it's easy to walk on Iona to enjoy it's scenery.

Edited: 26 January 2016, 03:25
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5. Re: Large family vacation based in Oban

Dootsie already mentioned the best places. I absolutely love Isle of Kerrera and recommend it highly. Go up the McCaigs tower at sunset its GORGEOUS!

We once also took a daytrip to Mull and Iona by Calmac

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