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.


  1. Richard and I are often asked, “Are you ever at home?”. I’m glad to have someone else that beats me in this regard. Stunning photos!


  2. I have just been walloped with a dose of homesickness – but don’t worry because it is a fond feeling that makes happy memories flood into my mind. For the eleven years before we emigrated to America, we were living in Lochgilphead so we know Oban very well indeed. I hope you had a lovely time in Argyll.