37 photos to inspire your trip to Oban and Tobermory

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A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

I’ve already shared all the details of our trip to west Scotland where we visited Oban, Tobermory and Ardlui. It was a beautiful introduction to a part of the UK we’d never visited before, filled with misty mountainous backdrops, charming seaside towns and sweeping views across the isles. The last post has all the info you need to spend a weekend in west Scotland, including where we stayed and ate, how we got around and what we did. And this post is all about the photos. Both Oban and Tobermory are such photogenic towns and we were really lucky with the weather, so we ended up with lots of snaps. This is my pick of the best – some photos to inspire your trip to west Scotland.

Oban

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

Oban is a little jewel on Scotland’s coast, topped by a castle crown.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

If you only do one thing while there, make sure you walk up to McCaig’s Tower. The views along the way are stunning…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…and the tower itself is beautiful…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban, McCaig's Tower

…shedding shadows on the ground…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban, McCaig's Tower

…and framing the view perfectly.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

The town specialises in cute, from little houses…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

… to yarn bombing …

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…to colourful, quirky shops.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

For whiskey lovers, there’s the Oban Distillery…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…but it’s also a perfect place to simply stroll…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…walking by the waterside…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…and enjoying the views out to Mull.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

From Oban, we caught the ferry to Craignure…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

…but Oban would be a beautiful place to stay itself.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Oban

You can even dine on a ship.

Tobermory

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

Colourful houses line the shore of a town called Tobermory…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…where fishermen cast their nets…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…boats bob…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…and birds play.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

It’s a peaceful place…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…far from urban life…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

 

…where you can connect…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…to the beauty of nature.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

Climb its hills…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…enjoy the view…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…and wander the quaint country streets…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…filled with hideaways…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…and wild flowers…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…of every colour.

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Isle of Mull Cheese

And don’t forget to stop for some tea.

Tobermory will have you charmed…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui

…relaxed…

A weekend in Isle of Mull and Oban and Ardlui: Tobermory

…and awed.

Victoria and Steve in Oban

We hope you love both as much as we did.

37 photos to inspire your trip to Tobermory and Oban

Rail & Sail

We travelled to Oban and Tobermory with a Rail & Sail pass by ScotRail, which combines rail and ferry travel into one ticket. Our ticket was for Glasgow to Craignure, and the return journey was valid for up to a month from the day of departure. For the outward journey, you have to travel all the way to your final destination on the first day, but on the way back, you can hop on and off the train as much as you like over the course of a month. There is no need to book your seats on the trains or ferry in advance. One benefit is that you get to skip the queue for a ferry ticket, and jump straight on instead.

Disclosure: We were invited to Scotland by ScotRail to try their Rail & Sail pass. All views, as always, are our own.

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