Places of Interest


Enjoy Oban and Argyll at their most beautiful. Have a look through our list of recommended activities to keep you busy during your trip to Barcaldine Castle:

Did you know Oban is “the Sea Kayaking Capital of Europe”? With access to the West Coast of Scotland, and the Hebridean islands, its a great place to start sea kayaking. Great for beginners and the more experienced.

From sharks and dolphins to golden eagles, the wildlife around the coast of Oban, Argyll, is too good to miss. Book a boat trip with Seafari and learn about Scotland’s natural history and incredible wildlife.

Oban Ferry Port gives you access to the Hebdridean islands and the West Coast of Scotland. Go back in time with The Gaelic Rings and discover the history of the islands or set out on your own adventure.

Don’t let the word ‘garden’ fool you. The Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute, a group of 18 historic gardens, are nurtured by the mild climate and have the backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK.

Scotland is well known for its love of golf. Try your hand at Oban Gold Course, a hilly course which will give even the most experienced golfer a challenge.

Start your Scottish adventure by visiting Glencoe. A stunning place for hiking, with an amazing landscape, culture and heritage. Make sure you have a look at their events programme for art exhibitions and things to entertain the kids.

Learn how to fish on a Scottish loch with Inverawe Fisheries beginners lessons or take to The Lily Loch if you are more experienced. There is also a fascinating exhibition about the Smokery and its tradition of smoking salmon.

Described as Argyll’s hidden gem, St. Conan’s Kirk is steeped in a rich and intriguing history. With an unconventional approach to design and magical and almost unbelievable stories that promise to surprise and delight people of all ages, St Conan’s Kirk makes for a memorable day out for all the family.

Places of Interest:

With a history akin to a Shakespeare play (family murders, illegitimate children, and clan wars) this castle is still privately owned. They do, however, do public tours on certain days of the year so visit the website for information on the next trip.

Famously beseiged by Robert the Bruce in 1309, Dunstaffnage Castle has seen its fair share of action. It is one of the oldest castles in Scotland, built around 1220 and guards the seaward approach from Firth of Lorn into the heart of Scotland.

Entwined in turbulent Scottish history, this house was built during a Jacobite Uprising by Alexander MacDougall, 23rd Chief of the Clan MacDougall. It is well worth a visit to the exhibition portraying how this peaceful house withstood a dangerous time.

Oban Distillery is one of Scotland’s oldest single malt scotch whiskey distilleries. Take a tour to discover the makings of their whiskey, and finish off with a taste of Oban 14-year-old single malt with some crystalised ginger.