2021 - Oban, Glencoe & The Isles
The pretty harbour town of Oban is without doubt the most popular resort in the Western Highlands. Nestling in a crescent-shaped bay, ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ captivates visitors with its Victorian charm, wonderful views of the hills of Mull, excellent seafood scene and its most famous landmark, McCaig’s Tower, a Colosseum–like folly. Staying in the centre of this lively town with its constant harbour comings and goings, you will enjoy a full day out to the picturesque isles of the Inner Hebrides – Mull, Iona and Staffa. A scenic drive through the world-famous Glencoe showcases the rugged splendours of the glens to the serenity of the lochs.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Travel north with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your overnight hotel in the north late afternoon, in good time to freshen up for your evening meal. DBB
Day 2 - After breakfast, sit back and enjoy the drive as you head further north through the majestic scenery of the Trossachs National Park to Crianlarich where you will board the Scotrail train for the ride to Oban. The line takes you through the Pass of Brander and alongside the Lochs of Awe and Etive before you arrive on the West Coast in Oban where you check in to your hotel for your 4-night stay. DBB
Day 3 – 5 - At leisure in Oban with two included excursions.
Mull, Staff & Iona – Tour to the Isles
This has to be one of the best day’s out in Scotland! You will take the ferry on the 45 minutes crossing from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, home to some of the finest and most varied scenery in the Inner Hebrides. The scenic drive through the island is via Glen More to Fionnphort where a foot passenger ferry departs for Staffa, the unique uninhabited island which is home to extraordinary hexagonal basalt columns as well as the famous Fingal’s Cave. Cruise south to the tiny island of Iona, known for its tranquillity, heritage, Abbey (entrance not included – approx. £9 pp in 2020) and history. After an hour ashore, cross the Sound of Iona back to Fionnphort where your coach awaits to take you back to Craignure and Oban.
Glencoe & Rannoch Moor – Scenic Drive
Drive across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, a vast stretch of land composed of peat bogs, small lochs, streams and rocky outcrops. The mood of this somewhat other-worldly landscape varies with the vagaries of the Scottish weather. Descend into the one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Glencoe. Located within the awe-inspiring Lochaber Geopark, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glencoe were carved out centuries ago by icy glaciers and volcanic explosions. Glencoe has featured in many films including scenes from the Harry Potter films, The 39 Steps, Skyfall and Braveheart. Entrance to the Glencoe Visitor Centre is included where you can learn about the glen, its wildlife and the feuding clans who lived here. Return to Oban along the banks of Loch Linnhe and Loch Creran.
Day 6 - Following breakfast bid farewell to Oban as your journey takes you back south via the wild and varied scenery of the Trossachs with lovely Loch Lomond at its heart to your final overnight stop. DBB
Day 7 - After a leisurely breakfast, head back homewards with ample stops for coffee and refreshments. Continue back to the local joining points via the fast motorway network arriving back mid/late evening.Back to top
THE ROYAL HOTEL, OBAN
This traditional 3* hotel stands in the centre of town close to the harbour and ferry terminal. Built in 1895, the Royal offers Scottish hospitality within modern surrounds. The restaurant retains its high ceilings and large windows and there is a distinctive Scottish flavour to the décor and furnishings. There is also a bar with entertainment on some evenings. Comfortable en-suite bedrooms offer mod cons and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a lift.