Category: Argyll & Bute

A Quick Guide to Oban, Scotland | View from McCaig's Tower

Recently Scotland has been blessed with gorgeous sunshine and at times even summer like temperatures – at least if you’re Scottish and anything above the 19 Celsius line is ‘summer’ and calls for shorts and t-shirts. One of these summery weekends in May, my partner and I set out to the west coast of Scotland – our home for the weekend: Oban.

Oban is a small town and a little out of the way for most Scotland-travellers, as it is not located along the popular route between Glasgow, Fort William and Loch Ness. And yet it is one of Scotland’s most famous towns, not only the Seafood Capital of Scotlan‘ but also the Gateway to the Isles with ferries leaving for the Inner and Southern Hebrides like Mull, Islay or Jura.

Sadly, we could only stay for one night before duty called again in Glasgow, so we rented a car and left for our adventure early on a Saturday morning. Read on for my quick guide to Oban and a one-minute travel guide vlog with seven things to do in Oban.
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Exploring Argyll & Bute: A Day Trip to Dunoon |

Have you ever seen a sunset so purple that you would not have been surprised if a UFO would have landed right next to you? A sunset so spectacular that would wish it would have lasted forever? A sunset at nine or ten pm?

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The sunset was obviously the final highlight of the day trip I want to tell you about. The other day I stumbled across a blogpost on Laretour, an awesome Scottish travel blog, about a day trip to Inverary. Nostalgia overcame me. Although I had not been to Inverary directly, I visited this area of Scotland called Argyll and Bute for a day trip last July. My friend invited my along on a motorcycle trip and after a quick coastal detour for ice-cream in Largs (the home of Nardini’s Scottish ice-cream) we drove up towards Helensburgh, through the hills around Arrochar and then south towards Dunoon. If you have your own wheels – whether they are two or four – a drive around Argyll and Bute might be just the perfect day trip to see the hills, lochs and islands of Scotland without wasting too much time on the big roads leading north.
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