There are many ways to explore Oban and Lorn and each of them have their own appeal. By foot, you can get up close and personal to the town’s many highlights, and by boat, you can explore the way people have for millennia. But if you really want to take in the full glory of Oban’s stunning land and seascapes, 3,000 feet up in a Cessna 172 is a great way to do it!
Fly Scenic Scotland, based at the Oban Airport in North Connel, offers flights on various picturesque routes, starting at £95. They have 10 popular tours, ranging from 20 minutes to 60 minutes, including such iconic sites as Castle Stalker, Lismore, Tobermory and Oban Bay.
Graeme Frater, managing director of Cloud Global Group, of which Fly Scenic Scotland is a member, has been in the aviation business his entire life, and he says that flights are very popular with visitors who have a short time in Oban but want to see as much as possible. “A flight gives you an affordable opportunity to see lots of different landmarks such as castles, bridges and historic sites that might take you days to see if you were going by sea or road,” he said.
From take off from the landing strip on beautiful Ardmucknish Bay to an altitude of 3,000 feet over Oban, you’ll take in the sights like you’ve never seen them before- the dramatic coastlines, impressive mountain peaks and historical sites such as the Bridge Over the Atlantic, St Conan’s Kirk on Loch Awe and numerous castles associated with the Lords of the Isles, such as Duart, Stalker, Dunollie and Dunstaffnage.
After undergoing a safety briefing with the friendly team, you will go up in the four-seater plane with your informative pilot guide, who will entertain you with the stories behind what you see. “We have very experienced local people working with us who are experts on Oban, such as ground operations coordinator Bruce Millar and pilot Donald Cameron” Graeme shares. “Bruce has worked at the airport since 1992, and Donald, a local pilot and fire fighter, has been interested in aviation all his life and just built his own aircraft. He knows every single landmark on our tours, and as a native, he can tell you everything you need to know.”
In addition to the popular tours, the team at Fly Scenic Scotland can put together a bespoke scenic flight, book a chartered private flight to the Central Belt or further afield, or help you organise a special occasion. “We are quite dynamic in meeting the wishes of our customers,” Graeme said. “We’ve had six marriage proposals in the air, and so far we’ve had 100 % success rate.”
Fly Scenic Scotland operates from the Oban Airport, located in North Connel about five miles from Oban town centre. To find out more or book online, visit https://flyscenicscotland.co.uk