Known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, ferries depart from Oban and a day trip to at least one island is highly recommended. The difficulty is choosing which one as they are all fabulous destinations. However, there is also plenty to do in the town itself, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurant, a whisky distillery, leisure centre, cinema and much more. 

Kerrera and Lismore

Both of these islands can be explored on foot or by bike and are reached by a short ferry crossing. Visit Gylen Castle on Kerrera, enjoy delicious home baking at the Tea Garden or head to the north end for the Waypoint restaurant at Kerrera Marina. 

Lismore can be reached by ferry from either Oban or Port Appin and a refreshing drink and some local oysters at the Pier House at Port Appin on the way home would round off a very enjoyable day out.

Seil, Easdale and Luing

South of Oban, cross the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ to the island of Seil and take the small ferry to either Easdale or Luing where the Atlantic Islands Centre provides a heritage, arts and cafe visitor attraction.

Mull, Iona and Staffa

We always recommend a visit to Iona and enthuse about the white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and special atmosphere. The ruined nunnery and Iona Abbey are very interesting places to visit as well as enjoying the natural scenic beauty of the island.

Staffa and the amazing Fingal’s Cave are wonderful to see. For details on boat trips see Staffa Tours.

The journey through Mull to catch the ferries to Iona and Staffa is fabulous, but heading to the north of the island to the colourful Tobermory or visiting Duart Castle is also very enjoyable.

Glencoe and Fort William

Heading north from Seabank to the rugged beauty of Glencoe is one of the most scenic drives in Scotland. One of our favourite walks is to the Lost Valley in Glencoe or a stroll around the Glencoe Lochan which is an easier option.

Departing from Fort William, the Jacobite Steam train is described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world and operates from May to October. A view of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, can also be enjoyed from Fort William.


The scenic town of Inveraray and a visit to its Castle makes a lovely day out. Why not stop off at Cruachan Power Station to discover the story of the hollow mountain on the way. Inveraray Jail is a living museum and one of Scotland’s finest tourist attractions where real people portray life in a 19th century prison.