Hillwalking in and around Oban

by Dave Bleazard

Argyll may not class itself as one of the more mountainous areas of Scotland, but it more than compensates for that with views that can take your breath away. Most of the hills in this part of the world overlook the sea and the views out over the islands can be spectacular and you don't even have to be too energetic to get the best views. Ben Lora, just a few miles north of Oban, overlooks Ardmucknish Bay giving great views over to Mull and can be walked up and down in around 2 hours.

For those keen on Munro bagging (Munros are hills over 3,000ft in height named after Sir Hugh Munro, the first person to catalogue them all) there are over 20 Munros within a 45 minute drive of Oban.

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and the Mamores are just outside this area. All of these hills offer a good challenge to even the fittest. Allow over 6 hours for an ascent in summer and much longer in winter, when the snow level can make them expeditions for only those very experienced in hill walking.

Anyone attempting these hills needs to be well equipped and well versed in mountain navigation as you can quite often experience all 4 seasons during a days walking.