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KatPen May 29th, 2017 10:42 PM

Two days around Oban - help with itinerary
 
After much deliberation, we are closing in on an itinerary for a week in Scotland for my daughter's honeymoon. They didn't want to drive, but now are considering taking a car for 2 days to go around the countryside near Oban. Interested in amazing scenery, small towns, getting the feel of Scotland, a bit of history, and some whiskey. My daughter is a photographer.
This is the plan so far:
9-11 July - Edinburgh
11 July - morning train to Oban. Pick up car for 2 days.
11-13 July - two day route around Oban. Need suggestions here.
13 July drop off car in Oban. Two nights accommodation in Oban
14 July - tour of three islands (Staffa tours)
15 July - am Oban then train back to Edinburgh
16 July - early flight

Have booked accommodation for Edinburgh and Oban. Not for the 2 day car trip - so suggestions are welcome here too. Interested in small, typical b&bs, not regular hotels.
Thanks to all those who helped in other posts. Interested in your thoughts here.

BritishCaicos May 30th, 2017 12:59 AM

With a doubt, take the ferry to Mull and drive around the island.

You'll be able to make it down to Iona, over the pass to Loch Na Keal and up to Tobermory.

There is some of the most developed wildlife environment in the UK on the island and the best sea life in the UK together with stunning landscapes.

I'm not experienced at staying in B&Bs but if you book early there are options on Iona.

Rubicund May 30th, 2017 02:14 AM

Another vote for Mull! Tobermory is an unforgettable little place with a few great restaurants and several reasonable hotels. Last time we were there we stayed at the Tobermory Hotel-small rooms but lovely.

We ate at the Mishnish and had excellent seafood and at the pub near the Visitor Centre on the Quayside. Visited the distillery just off the quay.

Apart from Tobermory, BC has it right above.

BritishCaicos May 30th, 2017 06:10 AM

I'm not sure of the age or mobility of your daughter but Oban offers the chance to encounter one of the natural world's great wonders.

Based in Oban is a environmentally aware company who offer snorkelling trips with Basking Sharks usually off off Coll and Tiree. There aren't many place in the world you can do this and the local population has blossomed following its protection.
A mature shark can reach up to 30ft in length, they are a truly magical sight (no teeth by the way).

Another option for the two day trip is the ferry to Coll/Tiree which are the outer most Hebridean islands. They are wild and have some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The colours (but not the weather) match those in The Bahamas chain.

dwdvagamundo May 30th, 2017 06:51 AM

Bookmarking for trip to Mull Thanks everyone.

janisj May 30th, 2017 07:03 AM

That would be <strike>whiskey</strike> whisky ;)

I would 100% stay the two nights/days ON Mull.

I would not take trains between Edinburgh and Oban - it is nearly 4.5 hours and requires a change in Glasgow. I'd drive and explore along the way. What is the 'tour of 3 islands'?

BritishCaicos May 30th, 2017 11:48 AM

Yes, absolutely. Hire the car in Edinburgh and drive through The Trossachs.

BigRuss May 30th, 2017 01:55 PM

Well, she can probably get whiskey in Scotland -- after all, I can go to my local liquor shop and buy whisky. That said none of the whiskey she'll get in Scotland will be Scotch ...

BritishCaicos May 30th, 2017 01:57 PM

We don't sell whiskey in Scotland.

God forbid!

Literally.

historytraveler May 30th, 2017 03:24 PM

A few options for Oban area would be Dunstastaffnage Castle just down the road, Dunollie Castle ( a ruined castle just north of the town ) and a bit further south of Oban is Kilmartin Glen an exceptional prehistoric site.

BigRuss May 30th, 2017 04:32 PM

<<We don't sell whiskey in Scotland.>>

Huh? Of course they sell whiskey in Scotland, but none of it is produced domestically (unless you count Welsh whiskey or Bushmills as domestic because it's made in the UK).

5alive Jun 5th, 2017 11:10 PM

Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

BritishCaicos Jun 6th, 2017 05:32 AM

Whiskey is a good substitute for meths when it comes to paint brush cleaning.

The Irish should stick to lace production and the Welsh .....well I'm not sure really.


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