NEW EDITION MARCH 2018
Walks Oban & North Argyll – Author: Paul Williams
Rewalked 2017/8 by Richard Hallewell and Becky & Rob Coope
We rewalked our Oban book over the autumn/spring in some mixed weather. Oban is a busy port, with ferries from here to many of the west coast islands. There are a number of walking options from the town itself and the surrounding area, covered by Walks Oban & North Argyll, offers a great variety of walks, from the rugged mountain scenery around Bridge of Orchy in the east, to the gentle coastal landscape and islands on the west coast. We feature walks on four islands – Seil is reached by road bridge from the mainland, but Luing, Kerrera and Lismore all involve a ferry trip – always a great joy on the west! (see Kerrera ferry centre left)
The creation of the cycle path from Oban to Fort William has added greatly to walking options in the area (the last two stretches of the track at Benderloch and Duror are due to be finished in 2019) and we have included some of the sections in the new edition of the guide as possible extensions to walks or to make a circuit. The section from Creagan to Portnacroish is particularly fine, with sections running along the coast by iconic Castle Stalker.
There weren’t a great many changes to the routes featured but we have replaced one route which was becoming difficult with the short walk to the majestic ruin of Kilchurn Castle on shore of Loch Awe. Waymarked walks are a feature of the area, and the recently improved Forestry Commission walk up Beinn Lora at Benderloch now gives superb coastal views in all directions following tree felling along the route.
The challenging circuit of Being Sgulaird (see bottom left) and the ascent of Ben Cruachan ensure that walks of all levels are featured. The area is well-served with restaurants, coffee shops and pubs ensuring a fine end to the walking day.
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