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My OBAN - Lucy Hamilton

I have lived in Oban since 1994 and never cease to be amazed by its stunning beauty and incredible sunsets. I am a keen taker of photos, although I use my iPhone mostly (even though I have a 'proper' camera) as it is small, light, and I always have it on me!

I have a few favourite spots to take photos from.

Oban

You can't go wrong with any spot along the coast road from Gallanach to Ganavan, you can see the magnificent island of Kerrera which forms a natural boundary in Oban Bay, and the hills of Mull beyond. Also the ferries which are a near constant presence! Probably my absolute favourite places for photos are the War Memorial on the Esplanade, the little beach below Dunollie Castle, Wee Ganavan beach and of course the beautiful, sandy Ganavan beach.

To get some height I have three favourite places. The first is McCaig's Tower which stands above the town and gives incredible views down the Sound of Kerrera and over to Mull and the Morvern Hills. The second is Pulpit Hill which gives a slightly different view over the town including McCaig's Tower, and looking out onto the Sound of Mull. The third is Dunollie Hill with incredible panoramic views of everything including the spectacular Ben Cruachan behind Oban.

Islands

The island of Kerrera. Easy to get to from Oban with two regular pedestrian ferries and only a few minutes to transport you to a different world! Great for walking and cycling and endless photo opportunities. The two best are probably the Hutcheson's Monument at the north of the island (and visible from Oban), and Gylen Castle in the south. The Monument is close to a bar and restaurant and Gylen Castle is close to a tea room, perfect!

Forests

For forest walks Glencruitten Woods just outside Oban, and Sutherland's Grove, Benderloch, are my two favourite places to go. Sutherland's Grove also has a beautiful stream with small waterfalls.

Glens

Glens - So many to choose from but my favourite has to be Glen Ure which is north of Oban at the head of Loch Creran. It's very accessible, quiet and stunningly beautiful. Kilmartin Glen to the south is also incredible in a different way - it is steeped in human history with many standing stones and burial cairns, and is much flatter! There is also an excellent tea room in Kilmartin village.

Hills

Hills - Beinn Lora in Connel just north of Oban is easy to get to and offers superb views for a bit of effort. For even more effort the munros of Beinn Sgulaird, near Appin and Ben Cruachan near Taynuilt are well worth the climb, and you don't have to get to the top! These were the first two Munros I did so perhaps I am biased...

Lochs

Lochs - with so much sea around us you would think we wouldn't need lochs too, but we are so lucky to have both! My favourite and most photographed is Loch Etive which starts with the incredible Falls of Lora - time it right and you can catch the falls in progress from Connel Bridge (which is beautiful in its own right!) Either side of Loch Etive is worth photographing but I mostly go from Bonawe along the north side which is breathtaking.

You can follow me on Instagram if you would like to see more of my photos of Oban...