As we mentioned last month, although our rooms are luxurious, and our castle grounds are beautiful, it would be a waste to visit Oban and not venture out and visit new places. Following our February Part 1 Guide of things to do and see when you stay at Barcaldine Castle, here are even more ideas to get you excited for your visit!
Battles, Chapels & Royals
Built in the 13th Century, at the height of the battle between Scotland and Norway for the control of the Hebrides, Dunstaffnage Castle is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland and was in royal hands until 1469.
You can climb up to the battlements to take in the strategic positioning of the stronghold, stand in awe of the curtain walls, search for the 13th century chapel in the trees or snoop around the three-storey gatehouse!
Dunstaffnage Castle is a 15-minute drive from us. Why not visit when you stay at Barcaldine Castle!
Tickets start from £3.60pp for Dunstaffnage Castle.The castle is open 10am-4pm every day except Thursday and Friday.
Address: Dunbeg, By Oban, Argyll, PA37 1PZ
Strolls, Cycles & Horse Rides
Ideal for short walks, cycling and horse-riding, Fearnoch Forest is less than a 20 minutes’ drive from us, so why not visit here when you stay at Barcaldine Castle!
You can take a wander around the scenic woodland and its fantastic network of peaceful forest roads?
There are two walking trails to choose from:
1) Ceum Nan Seagan:
Described on the website as: “wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Long moderate slopes with some short, fairly steep sections,” the trail is around 1.75 miles/2km, so allow at least 45 minutes!
2) Tri Drochaidean:
Described on the website as: “Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Includes some steep slopes and a wide bridge” The trail is around 2.25 miles/3.8km, so allow at least an hour and a half to complete it!
Address: PA35 1JB is the nearest postcode if you’re using a Sat Nav. The car park is at grid reference NM 968 321.
History, Stories & Magic
Hidden on the banks of Loch Awe you’ll find St. Conan’s Kirk. The Kirk is a 35-minute drive from Barcaldine Castle and it’s one of Argyll’s most popular tourist destinations providing an enchanting experience to both the local community and visitors of all ages.
During the Summer the Kirk is open from 9am until 6pm and 9am until 5pm throughout the Winter, however, it can also be closed for events so always check before visiting! From April until September, the Tearoom is open from 10:30 until 5pm. Entrance to the Kirk is by donation which goes towards the restoration and upkeep of the Kirk.
The Friend’s of Saint Conan’s Kirk are always happy to give tours to people or interested parties who wish to learn more about the Kirk’s rich and intriguing history. Please call 01838 200210 to book a tour, if you are planning to visit Loch Awe or Saint Conan’s Kirk.
Address: St. Conan’s Kirk, Lochawe, Dalmally, PA33 1AQ.
Waterfalls, Bridges & Trolls
Sutherland’s Grove is just a short 10-minute drive from us, so why not take a stroll when you stay at Barcaldine Castle! Its forest walks cover trails and waterfalls to bridges and streams– there’s something for everyone!
Why not enjoy a riverside stroll through Sutherland’s Grove?
There are 5 walking trails to choose from:
1) Giant Fir Trail:
An easy trail, described on the website as: “A wide, firm surface. Generally flat with short gentle gradients.” This trail is around 0.25 miles/0.3km, so allow at least 15-minutes.
2) Gorge Trail:
A strenuous trail, described on the website as: “A varied route with, some steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain.” The trail is around 0.75 miles/1.3km, so allow around 45-minutes to complete.
3) The Grove Trail:
A challenging trail, described on the website as: “A varied route with, some steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain.” Allow at least 45-minutes to complete it, with it being around 0.75 miles/1.3km long.
4) Troll Trail:
Not for the faint hearted, the trail is described on the website as “Varied with some fairly steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain. One bridge with a steep narrow flight of steps.” Allow 1 hour and 25-minutes to complete this trail as its at least 1.75miles/3km long.
5) Lochan Trail:
A demanding yet rewarding trail, described on the website as “Generally firm, smooth and wide forest road, with moderate to fairly steep gradients. The start and finish to the route is narrow and steep, with rocky uneven sections, often wet.” It’s around 2.5miles/4.2km long, so allow at least 1 hour and 45-minutes.
Address: The nearest postcode is: PA37 1SQ
Sand, Sea & Possible Sun
Quiet beach in Oban with lots of surrounding greenery and just a 5-minutes’ drive from us, perfect for when you stay at Barcaldine Castle!
Tralee Beach has sand dunes at one end and shingles at the other. There is a signposted footbath Benderlock and is just a short walk from the town where there’s a car park amongst cafes and shops.
Take a look at our other blog posts to find great places to go, and things to do, when you stay at Barcaldine Castle!