Oban and Dunstaffnage Castle

Thornloe Guest House

In May, we spent two nights in Oban, a west coast town a couple of hours north of Glasgow. It was a last-minute decision, so we were lucky to find a wonderful place to stay, the Thornloe Guest House, which was as attractive inside as out.


Note the open window above – we never tired of the view from it as you can see below. After staring at the island immediately in front of us, Kerrera, for so long we were inspired to visit it the next day, but that’s for another post.

As we only had one full day, our time in Oban itself was mainly spent wandering around at night before and after dinner. Beautiful!


In one of the pictures above, you can see the round arches of McCaig’s Tower on the hill above the harbour. We climbed up to it one evening for sunset views back down to the town.


Close to Oban is Dunstaffnage Castle. We visited on our way to the town and found they were having a Viking day. Some of those Vikings look quite scary, but we ran across them in a Chinese restaurant in Oban that evening and they seemed much more genial then!


Coming next, I’ll take you for a walk round Kerrera.

65 thoughts on “Oban and Dunstaffnage Castle

  1. anotherday2paradise December 2, 2017 / 14:46

    Such a pretty town, Anabel. Those Vikings look quite fierce but nice to know that they turned out to be friendly. The B&B is lovely and with a really great view.


  2. nomad, interrupted November 27, 2017 / 14:06

    What a scenic little town! I love the way the town hugs the coast. I also love the photos of the Vikings and chuckled when I noticed that during the “battle,” they were laughing. Haha! I don’t think anyone would have been laughing during a real Viking battle! 🙂


  3. Agness of a Tuk Tuk November 24, 2017 / 21:52

    Oban seems so stunning and the castle there is so outstanding, Anabel. When would be the best time of the year to explore this area?


    • Anabel Marsh November 24, 2017 / 22:58

      Thanks, glad you like Oban. The summer months are best in terms of weather (though that can never be guaranteed in Scotland) but are obviously the busiest months too. May and September can often be sunny and are a good choice.


    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2017 / 16:33

      Great! Obviously you got the bug from there then.


  4. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) November 22, 2017 / 12:33

    The Viking Day looks like a lot of fun. And I definitely would have followed the arrow leading to ice cream – it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, I can always eat ice cream!


    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2017 / 12:53

      Ah, we skipped the ice cream! Might have spoiled the Chinese meal later.


      • Jessica (Diverting Journeys) November 22, 2017 / 12:55

        I’m pretty sure when I eat ice cream, it goes into a separate stomach, because I always manage to make room, no matter how disgustingly full I am.


        • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2017 / 13:00

          Hmm, no, couldn’t do that! Just as well, I’m too heavy as it is.


  5. BuntyMcC November 22, 2017 / 01:03

    We stopped in Oban for lunch back in early May – not long enough! – and wondered about the structure on the hill. Thanks for the link to McCaig’s Tower. We spent much longer at Dunstaffnage! Step-daughter is crazy about castles.


    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2017 / 07:31

      Definitely not long enough! We arrived in Dunstaffnage quite late in the day and were lucky to catch the last Viking “battle” before it closed. We only had a short time to look round after that but I’m sure we’ll be back before long.


  6. Ann Coleman November 22, 2017 / 00:54

    What a beautiful town! Thanks for sharing these photos, and for reminding me once again why I want to visit Scotland.


    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2017 / 07:23

      Thanks Ann, I look forward to welcoming you here some day!


  7. teabeestrips November 21, 2017 / 12:21

    I liked Oban and the port. I went there for a boat trip to Staffa and it was amazing.


  8. Blue Sky Scotland November 21, 2017 / 11:20

    Oban is a really lovely place. The best town up the Scottish Highland west coast for my money. Big and exciting enough to have plenty to do and see for visitors and just as pretty day or night with all the twinkling lights around the bay. Although fairly close I never seem to get up there often enough. Weird!


    • Anabel Marsh November 21, 2017 / 12:15

      It is, I love it too but that was the first time we’d been in years.


  9. restlessjo November 21, 2017 / 09:14

    Yes please! 🙂 🙂 I’ve only ever seen Oban in the rain. 😦


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