Day Trip - Coastal, Castles and Distillery

A great circular driving tour suggestion is the loop taking in Rannoch Moor, Glen Orchy, Oban, Appin and back to Glencoe.

Starting from the village turn south (Glasgow direction) on the A82.  This takes you through the Glencoe Valley which will no doubt give you too many opportunities for photos.  Travelling on will take you past the Glen Etive Road, Glencoe Mountain Resort and across Rannoch Moor – again a destination in itself for photographers.  The next settlement is Bridge of Orchy, a tiny village dominated by a hotel of the same name.  Driving on for about a mile takes you to a turning on the right for Glen Orchy. Leave the A82 at this turning and follow this much smaller road (B8074) along the river.  There are a few obvious breaks where you can get down to the river and Catnish Forestry Commission parking area with picnic tables.  A right turn at the road-end takes you onto the A85.

At Dalmally a left turn onto the A819 gives you views to Kilchurn Castle on a headland at the top of Loch Awe.  The castle views are best within the first 1km of this road, (a tiny diversion). Back to the A85 and if you’re lucky you might be able to park up in the road leading to Kilchurn, but it’s usually busy in the summer.  The road leads through Taynult and onto Connel.  You can turn left onto the A828 and head back at this point or travel onto Oban, a further 5 miles.

 

Oban is a nice little harbour town with a Distillery, harbour area, a few good little shops and eating places.  One of our favourite places is the Oban Seafood Hut, right next door to the ferry terminal. It is very casual and only outdoor eating.

From Oban its back on the same road to Connel taking the A828 at Connel, over the old railway bridge. The road follows the coast and goes through Benderloch passing Barcaline Castle and over the Creggan bridge.  At the village of Appin you can take a left turn towards Port Appin.  This road takes you to the Jubilee Bridge and perhaps the best views towards Castle Stalker.

Back to the A828 the road takes you up a big hill passing Castle Stalker on your left.  A café at the top of the hill gives another stop to take photos of the castle and a cuppa too!  The A828 brings you back along Loch Linnhe to a roundabout.  Then turning left at the roundabout puts you back onto the A82 towards Glencoe.