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 fantastic cafe on site.

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 besieged 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.

Set in a picturesque location, Barcaldine Castle is on the banks of Loch Creran. There’s so much to do!

Don’t take our word for it, see what other people have said about their stay

Aleksandra Lebedeva
Aleksandra Lebedeva
December 27, 2023.
This is an amazing place to stay for a big group! Normally the castle operates as a hotel, but we got it for an exclusive use for 6 couples during Christmas. Each couple got a separate bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, each offering its unique vibe. There is a large main hall with a long table for your celebration(s) that has a huge fireplace for cozy evenings. Adjacent is a small lounge with a small bar area where you can helpf yourself with a cocktail. The interriors are well maintained and you get immersed into the vibe of a couple of centuries ago. It was also decorated for Chirstmas (incl. a Christmas Tree) which was a nice addition. Before arriving we had expected stone cold castle inside and were prepared with thick sweaters and socks but the rooms were surprisingly warm. The castle is located in a walking distance from a loch surrouneded by farms with cows, chickens and turkeys. It is also a good base for exploring Scotland with an aprox. 1-hour drive to Glencoe or Glenfinnan. The kitchen was professionally equipped (because it is a hotel) and had all the cookware you may ever need for your cooking as well as enough tableware and cutlery for your large squad. Only thing to be aware of is that the kitchen is one floor below the main hall so you will need to do some leg excersice bringing plates up and down.
Manilyn Ritchie
Manilyn Ritchie
November 12, 2023.
An amazing stay where history meets luxury, we stayed at argyll Room, the pillows, and the mattress is very comfortable and had a sound sleep, we also have a nice touch with our disposable sleepers and a bathrobes..complete set of coffee maker. The breakfast is very nice, stayed in the living room with the log fire ? roaring the night before while enjoying our drink.. the staff are very kind and friendly, the room was clean.. so yeah, I would definitely come back and highly recommend the place..
B Ritchie
B Ritchie
November 7, 2023.
What a lovely stay booked this last minute. It's a luxury stay that combines history, we spent 1 night and couldn't fault it. The room is cosy and comfortable with a luxury touch on it.. maybe a magic mirror ? the lounge room/ dinning room is what we loved on our nights stay, we sat on the sofa at the log fire with our drinks in hand . The host and staff are amazing and made sure our stay that we were well looked after . Definitely would recommend and come back again, thanks for our wonderful stay.
Ilja Gellart
Ilja Gellart
October 31, 2023.
Very relaxing place.
S Walmsley
S Walmsley
October 27, 2023.
Wonderful welcome on arrival. The castle is small but stunning. Stayed in the Caithness room. Very characterful - loved the turret room. Beautiful views. Enjoyed sitting by the open fire in the evening, and chatting to another couple of guests. Breakfast was enjoyable. Didn't see, or hear any spooks, but I'm sure they're about. Thoroughly recommend a night or two here. Take a bottle of wine, a book, and walking shoes.
Cole Young
Cole Young
October 9, 2023.
This place is amazing. Hard to put into words.
Steven Hatten
Steven Hatten
October 4, 2023.
The staff at the Castle was amazing. They did a fantastic job making us all feel at home while we were there including going above and beyond in several instances. The castle was beautiful and the views were unbelievable. Highly recommend for anyone looking to get away from it all but still treated like family.
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