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20th July 2018

West Highland Way – Take a Day Out to Visit Oban and the Islands

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Are you looking for walking holidays in Oban? This year EasyWays has introduced an interesting option to take a day out on the West Highland Way by visiting Oban on the Callander and Oban Railway (C&OR) branch route, first opened in 1880.

EasyWays are always looking for ways to make our walkers experience even better! This is why we develop different walking holiday options to suit everyone. This day out along the C&OR railway route is ideal if you are walking the West Highland Way and also if you are looking at booking holidays in Oban. Our EasyWays team will make sure you and your group have all the info and support needed throughout your trip.

Holidays in Oban with the West Highland Way

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Spend time in Oban with the West Highland Way and EasyWays.

How Do You Reach Oban?

The early morning train at Tyndrum Lower Station offers a wonderful journey down to Glen Lochy to Dalmally. Continuing west around the northern arm of Loch Awe and past stations at Loch Awe and Falls of Cruachan, the railway route goes through the Pass of Brander to reach Taynuilt, on the shore of Loch Etive. Before finally continuing onto the Oban stretch.

Why Visit Oban?

Oban offers a bustling ferry terminal to the Western Isles in a beautiful location with many harbourside bars and restaurants. Attractions like The Oban Whisky Distillery, McCaig’s Tower, the War and Peace Museum and St Columba’s Cathedral are all within easy walking distance.

From there you have two choices;

A Short Morning Visit

This includes a local boat trip around the Oban Bay on board the “MV Purple Heather” out past Dunollie Castle and Hutcheson’s Monument on Kerrera. Then onto the seal colony in the Firth of Lorne before a lunchtime return to Tyndrum. This allows time to make the short afternoon walk on to the beautiful isolated stop at Bridge of Orchy at 7 miles/11km.

Along the way an abundance of wildlife is on view with many seabirds, seals basking in their natural unspoilt surroundings, and the possibility of otters and sea eagles, maybe even Dolphins – all set in the beautiful and stunning scenery of the Scottish West Coast.

A Day Trip

The day trip option includes ferry travel on the sea off the West Coast to discover the wonders of three Scottish Islands in one day. Taking you through the stunning scenery of the Isle of Mull followed by a visit to the Isle of Iona to see the famous Abbey. The highlight being the awe-inspiring visit to the unique Isle of Staffa to see Fingal’s Cave which was the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean Overture. Here, from mid-April to early August, there is the opportunity to see its nesting Puffins! A mid-evening train return to Tyndrum completes this fantastic day.

We have multiple options when it comes to booking your walking holiday with EasyWays. To learn more about our other European walking options, look at our last post about the Via Francigena.

Take advantage of the flexible walking holiday options EasyWays provides!