Top 5 instagrammable places in Oban and Lorn

Castles? Check! Beaches? Check! Scenery? Check! Oban and Lorn is bursting with instagrammable places. At every turn you’ll discover stunning scenes that will set your Instagram feed on fire. From plates of seafood to superyachts, sunsets to sparkling seas, you can fill your feed with sensational snaps of this glorious coastal region. With so much on offer, the question is where to start? Here are our top five recommendations for places in Oban and Lorn that will ignite your Instagram!

Castle Stalker
A cracking shot of a Scottish castle on Instagram is pretty much guaranteed to get you a load of ‘likes’. And Castle Stalker must be one of the most striking in Scotland. You may recognize it as Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh from Monty Python's cult classic The Holy Grail! This stunning four-storey tower house is set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich a few miles beyond Appin. You can see it from the A828 about mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe. It’s an incredibly picturesque castle and an iconic Scottish landmark. If you can capture this castle at sunset, when the colours of the sky reflect in the surrounding water, you’re onto a winner. Other castles in Oban and Lorn that do well on Instagram include Gylen Castle on the island of Kerrera and Dunollie Castle in Oban.

While you’re here it’s worth knowing that to travel from Oban to Appin you’ll need to cross the Connel Bridge. This cantilever bridge is very instagrammable indeed! From the bridge you can see the Falls of Lora where a rocky shelf creates spectacular rapids during parts of the tide cycle.

McCaig’s Tower
If you travel to Oban by sea, then one of the first things to strike you is McCaig’s Tower. This prominent landmark, inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, sits on the summit of Battery Hill overlooking Oban. It was built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig to provide a lasting monument to the McCaig family. Although unfinished, it has become one of Oban’s iconic buildings. The climb from the town centre to McCaig's Tower is well worth the effort and the views across Oban Bay are stunning – and very instagrammable. The wall is pierced by two rings of lancet arched openings, giving you lots of different ways to frame your shot for Instagram. Alternatively, from the west side, step out onto the concrete viewing platform to take a magnificent snap of Oban, Kerrera, Mull and the Firth of Lorn. At night, McCaig’s Tower is often flood lit from the front.

While you’re here: Back down in the heart of Oban town centre, don’t miss the chance to take a tour of the historic Oban Distillery or after snapping stunning sunsets, enjoy a ceilidh night at The View.

Bridge over the Atlantic
The island of Seil, the most northerly of the Slate Isles, sits 10 miles south of Oban. It’s separated from mainland Argyll by the thinnest of channels, which is spanned by a very photogenic humpback bridge. The Clachan Bridge, also known as the ‘Bridge Over the Atlantic’, was built in 1792 by engineer Robert Mylne. The single-arched bridge is steeply humped so small vessels can pass underneath. In early summer a rare plant, the Fairy Foxglove, covers the stonework of the bridge in rose-pink flowers, making it look even more stunning for Instagram. The historic Tigh an Truish Inn sits just over the bridge.

While you’re here: A path leads down the north side of the Tigh an Truish Inn across the hill to the famous yachting anchorage of Puilladobhrain. This is a beautiful spot, with superb views across to the Isle of Mull. In early spring, primroses and bluebells cover the banks around the anchorage. Look out for herons and otters.

Seafood
Foodies love Instagram! Share your snaps of Oban’s incredible seafood on Instagram and watch those ‘likes’ rack up. Oban is known as ‘Scotland’s Seafood Capital’. You’ll find a host of restaurants, pubs and hotels serving up fish and shellfish in stunning coastal locations, from seafood shacks to fine dining restaurants. Get that perfect shot of a fresh seafood platter with the sea sparkling in the background. Or how about heading down to Oban Harbour to get a shot of the local fishing fleet landing their catch?

While you’re here: Take a stroll to the new North Pier Pontoons in Oban. You’ll often see some fabulous yachts berthing here for the night.

Wildlife
Watch your Instagram feed go wild for Oban and Lorn’s wonderful wildlife! Oban and Lorn is a great place to get up close to some amazing sea creatures. One option is to take a wildlife-watching boat trip for that perfect shot of a seal, dolphin or whale. Or how about a snap of a basking shark? Summer is the time to see basking sharks in the waters off Oban. Oban-based Basking Shark Scotland offers basking shark trips and snorkel safaris.