Why is Oban Island Hopping Such an Adventure?

While many seasoned travellers and new experience seekers enjoy island hopping in exotic locations like Thailand or Mexico, our very own Oban boasts its island gems which are just as unique and picturesque.

With a multitude of regular boat tours departing from Oban every day, our guests often love the adventure that Oban island hopping brings. Here’s why exploring the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides is so rewarding:

Walking and Cycling

Kerrera, the closest island to Oban, is just 7km long and about 2km in width and its beautiful landscape and quiet roads make it a haven for cyclists and walkers. A ferry from Oban can get you to the island treat in a matter of minutes, making it perfect for guests at our castle who love cycling and walking against stunning backdrops. You can also see Gylen Castle while you’re there!

Animal Spotting

Lismore is home to otters, seals and numerous birds making it a slice of heaven for animal and avian lovers. At ten miles long, the island is suitable for being explored on bike or foot, though there are limited car spaces on the car ferry from Oban which leaves every hour. Alternatively, you could take the ten-minute journey on the passenger ferry from Port Appin.

Cave Exploring

The Inner Hebrides island of Staffa in Argyll and Bute is famous for its awesome deep caves and spectacular basalt columns, which are best to visit in the morning. There are many opportunities to venture deep inside the incredibly symmetric and mighty 227-foot Fingals Cave on tours when the weather permits.

Castle Visiting

With the ferry journey from Oban to Mull taking a convenient 40 minutes you can discover the ‘ancient clan castle’ of Duart with its 13th century keep in no time. Better yet, you can catch traditional and charming events at the castle all year round. The Isle of Mull is also known as ‘Scotland’s Eagle Island’ for its large sea eagle population. You can find tips for bird watching on the island here.

Historical Discovery

The Isle of Iona is often heralded as a beacon of Christianity. On the small isle you can admire the 13th – 16th century architecture of the Abbey’s church, explore St Oran’s Chapel, which according to folklore is the lasting resting place of Scottish Kings, and feast your eyes on St Columba’s Shrine, built in the 9th/10th century and still standing!

Note: Staffa Tours offer a popular tour of all three island treasures, Mull, Iona and Staffa, from Oban encompassing the magnificent Fingal’s Cave, Iona’s historic abbey and the soaring sea eagles circling over Mull.

Oban Island Hopping, Scotland, ferry

Sand Dune Admiring

Another unique Inner Hebrides Island near Oban is the Isle of Coll. A tranquil nature retreat and sparsely populated, Coll’s beaches boast remarkably high and distinctive sand dunes, some of which can reach impressive heights of up to 35 metres! As well as beaches, you can treat yourself to climbing, sailing, kayaking and golf by day and star gazing at night, since there are no streetlights on the island, the Dark Sky is as dazzling as it is twinkling! The ferry journey departing from Oban to Coll takes just over two and a half hours.

To book a room at Barcaldine Castle and have the pleasure of Oban island hopping click here.

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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