Within three to five hours of Edinburgh, you can be amongst the epic scenery of the west coast, be within a ferry hop of the islands and be within stone-skipping distance of the great sea lochs of Linnhe, Awe and Creran.
From Oban’s harbour CalMac’s ferry services spread their tentacles over the western isles – except for Seil.
Apart from being the setting off point for many a trip to the isles, Oban has many other charms, including Dunstaffnage Castle, about a 10 minute drive from Oban.
Seil is an enchanting little island off the coast south of Oban which can be reached by road. It is joined to the mainland by one of Thomas Telford’s bridges, known as ‘the bridge over the Atlantic’.
So tortuous is the coast of Argyll with deep sea lochs and a multitude of islands that, straightened out, it is estimated it would stretch for 3000 miles. Between the lochs, hillsides are covered with endless miles of heather and burns leap from rocky outcrops to tumble through the tree-filled glens.
To the far south-west the Mull of Kintyre stretches its long arm towards Northern Ireland and its Antrim coast.
The Mull also shelters the Isle of Arran from Atlantic storms, here looking from the Kintyre Peninsula towards Arran across Kilbrannan Sound.