Hawthorn Restaurant, Benderloch, Oban


Passing trade is something that Hawthorn Restaurant cannot exploit, although with kerb appeal in bucket-loads and a frontage which prompts inquisitiveness, it sits in the Benderloch countryside, 8 miles north of Oban. The village of Benderloch’s derives it’s name from Beinn eadar dà loch, meaning … [Read more...]

The Ranald Metro Hotel, Oban


For me, The Ranald has been long awaited, filling a gap in the market with a smart and functional Metro Hotel in the most popular West coast town of Oban. The town has long held a place in my heart and I have a great admiration for the people of Oban who drive the town forward and are warm, … [Read more...]

Greystones, Oban

Greystones and Oban Bay

Luxury is at the forefront of Greystones boutique bed and breakfast, along with intricate attention to design detail and original features. An avant-garde twist and design-led focus is hugely apparent, within this, one of Oban’s oldest buildings, perhaps unsurprisingly, as the owners are both … [Read more...]

Lagnakeil Highland Lodges


There could be no more scenic a location, than the glen side hills on which Lagnakeil Highland Lodges stand. Sited to take full advantage of the stunning West Coast scenery, Lagnakeil’s little gathering of lodges and cottages is a peaceful retreat and photographer’s dream. A Highland home in … [Read more...]

Poppies Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Shore Side Tea Room, Oban

Poppies view

You could be mistaken for thinking that Poppies is merely a small garden nursery, and with a fairly well hidden entrance which is easy to miss, you could also be mistaken for thinking that it would be a fairly quiet, little place. Not so, Poppies is absolutely delightful and very well patronised – … [Read more...]

Clan Cottages, Kilmore, by Oban

Clan Cottages, Oban

Akin to being placed into a history book depiction, our arrival at Clan Cottages, conjured images of returning to the fold, bearing rewards of a days’ hunting, as the five thatched cottages are picture perfect of an ancient Celtic settlement. Nestled into a glen, a stone’s throw from Oban; … [Read more...]

Seafood Temple, Oban


The aptly named seafood restaurant on Oban’s foreshore is so, as it worships local, fresh seafood, newly docked in Oban, and so do it’s patrons. Living studiously by their ethos of “fresh and local”, the Seafood Temple could be nothing but a great success and, that it has been since it’s opening … [Read more...]

Alt Na Craig House, Oban


Delighted to be back in Oban, I found myself at the opposite end of the bay, on the hillside, where I was invited to stay at Alt Na Craig House, the historic, 4 star Gold Guesthouse and regional finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards. A prime illustration of Oban’s history, the impressive … [Read more...]

Dunollie Castle and the 1745 House, Oban

Dunollie Castle

Although the house dates from 1745, it is certainly a work in progress as artefacts telling its history are gathered and placed in ever changing exhibitions and displays within the 1745 house, sitting in the shadows of the crumbling stronghold of Dunollie Castle. The newly opened museum and … [Read more...]

Cuan Mor Restaurant, Bar and Brewery, Oban

Cuan Mor Oban Bay Brewery

Cuan Mor, for me, represents what Oban is all about: a warm welcome, roots in local tradition, a proud history presented with a current day twist and superb seafood, as, with views over the Big Ocean (Cuan Mor), it’s as fresh as it comes. Proud of the indigenous Gaelic history; a theme which is … [Read more...]