Whether you’re looking for a dreamy setting to enjoy an al fresco supper for two or a wild and wondrous spot to work up the family’s appetite, Oban has all the ingredients for a successful picnic.
This National Picnic Week (21-30 June) we give you just a taste of what Oban's breath-taking landscapes can bring to your picnic experience.
And it’s not just the stunning surroundings that makes Oban the first pick for a picnic, the fantastic food and drink made here will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to your outdoor spread. So pack up your basket and explore the beautiful bounty on your doorstep…
What to pack in your picnic…
Oban, known as Scotland’s Seafood Capital, together with the entire region, boasts a remarkable offering of unrivalled seafood experiences. With the Atlantic Ocean on its doorstep and fresh mountain waters aplenty, picnickers can put some of the world’s finest langoustine, crab, lobster and fish on their al fresco menu.
Ganavan Beach is one of our favourite spots to take our fish & chips for a beachy vibe and fantastic views. Pack a frisbee and a blanket and make an afternoon of it with your friends and four legged friends!
Located three miles south of Taynuilt, Glen Nant Nature Reserve has a rich woodland of native trees which blanket the slopes of the glen. Find the perfect spot for your picnic under the rich forest canopy of the oak, ash, alder and birch trees which dominate in different parts of the reserve. Perfect for wildlife watching, the sunny glades in the open woodland attract butterflies and moths, and listen out for warblers and woodpeckers in the trees. If you’re lucky you may even spot deer and red squirrels.
Steeped in Scottish history, dine in awe of the impressive Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel, a four-star visitor attraction, which guards the seaward approach from the Firth of Lorn to the Pass of Brander, and thereby the heart of Scotland. Situated north of Oban, Dunstaffnage is one of the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland. Pack a picnic to devour on the scenic grounds. And after lunch, discover more about this mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls, built before 1240, and its capture by Robert the Bruce in 1308. You’ll also learned about how the castle played a key role in the story of Flora MacDonald, one of Scotland's most enduring and romantic heroines.
Click here for a list of great places in Oban to get a takeaway for your great Scottish picnic!