Oban and North Argyll


As well as many great sea lochs, tumbling rivers and iconic mountains, Oban and North Argyll also boasts ancient, wildlife-rich woodlands and several fine gardens. Add to this the Crinan Canal, often described as ‘the most beautiful shortcut in Scotland’, and some of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the country and you have all the makings of a fascinating walking destination.

From the harbourside bustle of Oban to the ancient peace of Kilmartin Glen, this guide features 40 walks over varied landscapes that take in the very best the ‘Coastland of the Gaels’ has to offer.

96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide

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Argyll and Bute is the second largest region in Scotland, covering over 7000 square km, yet fewer than 90,000 people live here, almost half of them in areas classified as ‘remote rural’.

This guidebook covers a large swathe of Mid and North Argyll, sweeping inland from the fractured western seaboard between Crinan and Appin to Arrochar and Bridge of Orchy on the region’s eastern periphery. Between these four points lies a landscape awash with sea lochs, with Inveraray roughly at the geographical centre. There are no large urban areas here and Oban is the largest settlement. Although the road network and public transport infrastructure are good, many routes feel off the beaten track. This is not only down to the low scattered population but also to the indented coast and its many islands, the sea lochs encroaching deep inland, the elongated freshwater lochs and the mountainous interior – making road travel much more convoluted than direct ‘as-the-crow-flies’ distances would suggest.


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