Tony and Olga really make guests feel at home at Strumhor, just outside Oban. As well as the huge breakfasts, guests can also arrange to have dinner in the house. You can sit in the conservatory just watching the Falls of Lora below, or if you’re feeling energetic Tony can take you out canoeing. When we asked one night if it was their open fire we were sitting in front of after our day out exploring he said, “Yes, but on Monday you’ll be at work and I’ll still be here.” Lucky him.
Oban distillery was built even earlier than the town. Way back in 1794.
It is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, but it is very busy with tourists on the guided tour which takes just over an hour.
It is in the town centre quite close to the seafront and is well worth visiting.
The whiskey has its own unique flavour somewhere between the smoothness of the Speyside malts and the peaty flavours of Islay.
Stafford Street, Oban,
Argyll PA34 5NH
+44 (0)1631 572004
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The Oban distillery is definitely worth a visit, as is the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.
The Isle of Kerrera is a very accessible 5 minute ferry ride from Oban. It's car free and for a small island provides wonderful walking and exploring opportunities, especially for families. The tea garden at Lower Gylen with views out over Gylen castle and the Sound of Kerrera is a special spot. It's an easy day trip from Oban or if you have longer it's worth a night or 2 in the bunkhouse at Lower Gylen.
Isle of Kerrera, by Oban.
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