The countryside south of Oban is lush and verdant with rolling hills and spectacular coastal views. There are several attractions within a relatively short drive of Oban, among them:
The Island of Seil, connected to the mainland by the 200 year old Clachan Bridge, known as the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’. Just 200 metres off Seil, lies Easdale Island, the smallest permanently-inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides. From both islands, you can enjoy wildlife tours and boat trips to the Corryvreckan, the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool, which pass numerous islands such as Luing, Scarba, Shuna, Lunga and Jura.
Arduaine Garden is a little slice of paradise on Scotland’s West Coast. Home to rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas, and exotic palms and ferns from all over the world, Arduaine is an idyllic place to spend a few hours of calm. Conceived by J. Arthur Campbell, who also built the Loch Melfort Hotel, it is a spacious tourist attraction but with the intimacy of a private garden.
Nearby Kilmartin village, and Kilmartin Glen is an archaeologist’s dream. Home to Dunadd, the remains of the Iron Age fort, which was the capital for the Kings of Dalriada, plus more than 350 megalithic stone circles, chambered cairns, and other monuments, you can either explore them yourself or visit Kilmartin House Museum for a more informed investigation.