The village of Taynuilt has a golf course, excellent tea-room,
post office, well-stocked village store, a bar and tennis
courts. The village has a train station on the Oban to Glasgow line, and is on the main Oban-Glasgow bus route.
There are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and orienteering in
the surrounding area. Half a mile away is Fearnoch Forest,
a Forestry Commission managed area with marked walking and
cycling trails. Also nearby is the Nant Glen National Nature
Reserve with lovely marked walks. The back road from Sithean
to Oban is a stunning cycle ride. Cycle hire is available
Cycles, who offer free delivery of hired bikes to Sithean.
From Taynuilt Loch Etive Cruises run boat tours up and down
Loch Etive towards Glen Etive at the head of the Loch.
Five minutes from Taynuilt is the Inverawe
Smokehouse, a family run business producing traditionally
smoked fish with a shop, exhibition, woodland walk and fishing
Near Taynuilt Pier is Bonawe Iron Furnace, a fascinating
and beautiful historical site; between 1753 and 1876 hundreds
of tons of iron were produced here.
A few miles along the A85 towards Crianlarich, the Cruachan
hydro-electric power station has a visitor centre and runs
tours into the heart of Ben Cruachan mountain.
For a taste of local produce and local crafts Lorn Community Producers Market is held at regular intervals in the nearby village of Benderloch (10 miles away).
Oban, the 'Gateway to the Isles', is 12 miles away, and
has a host of shops and restaurants, a cinema,
as well as its own distillery with guided tours.
For tours encompassing the area's history, gardens, or
other attractions, Lord Gray can tailor excursions to fit
your interests. See the Tailored
Tours website for futher information.
Chris Wolfe (based a mile from Sithean) offers personalised walking and fishing tours, see his Argyll Guided website for more information.
The Islands: From Oban you can catch ferries to the islands
of Lismore, Kerrera, Mull and Tiree which all provide fabulous
days out. On a day trip from Oban to Mull it is possible
to also visit the beautiful island of Iona and its Abbey,
or Staffa and the Treshnish Isles which have breeding colonies
of puffins and other seabirds. Regular buses also run to
Tobermory in the North of Mull, the setting of the children's
television programme 'Balamory'.
See the Calmac
Ferries website for services and timetables. The ferry
to Kerrera is run by Argyll & Bute Council, and runs several
To the South of Oban is the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' to
Seil Island with its ferry to Easdale Island - a tiny car-free
island where the wheelbarrow is the official mode of transport.
Glen, famous for its rich historical legacy is about
40 minutes drive South of Oban. Here there are around 150
prehistoric monuments including burial cairns, rock carvings
and standing stones, as well as the remains of the fortress
of the Scots at Dunadd.
There are eye
catching castles in the area such as Castle Stalker
to the North of Oban, sited on an islet and surrounded by
sea water, and Kilchurn Castle, an extremely romantic and
picturesque ruined castle at the head of Loch Awe. Also
nearby are Dunstaffnage and Dunollie Castles, and Gylen
Castle on the island of Kerrera.
Glorious Gardens of
Argyll is home to a range of informal, formal and woodland
gardens, filled with exotic plants and flowers collected
from many temperate parts of the world. Each garden is different,
depending on the terrain and local conditions, and many
have tearooms, shops or plant sales.
Garden - famous for its collection of hybrid rhododendrons
this woodland garden borders Loch Angus.
Ardchattan Priory - a garden has existed here since the
thirteenth century, features include a wildflower meadow,
lawns, herbaceous and rose beds and the ruins of the chapel.
- overlooking the Sound of Jura, this garden is home to
a diversity of plants from all over the world.
Botanic Garden - a specialist garden of the Royal Botanic
Garden in Edinburgh, Benmore is a magnificent woodland garden
surrounded by the mountains of the Cowal Peninsula. An avenue
of Giant Redwood trees greets you at the entrance, leading
to formal and woodland gardens with stunning views. Visitor
Crarae - rare trees and exotic shrubs from around the world
provide colour from spring to autumn. There are woodland
walkways, a spectacular gorge and a visitor centre.
Argyll is a haven for birdwatchers, with a wide range of
habitats and environments - mountain, coast, loch, woodland
and islands. The Argyll
Bird Club can provide information about birdwatching
in the area and a regularly updated local bird report. Loch
Visions offer wildlife and photographic experiences
and activities with
local award winning wildlife photographer Philip Price.
Twenty minutes North of Oban, just outside Barcaldine,
Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, an aquarium and seal sanctuary/hospital
on the shores of Loch Creran.
For the adventurous, Sea.fari,
based on Easdale Island, run boat trips to the Gulf of Corryvreckan
and other sites of interest where you may see sea birds,
otters, seals, porpoises and whales.
The underwater world around the West coast of Scotland is as varied and beautiful as the terrestrial landscape, to try a dive or rent dive equipment,
visit Puffin Dive Centre a mile or so from Oban.
There are also plenty of opportunities locally for sea,
river or loch fishing, sailing and horse riding.
More information on
all the above attractions, and others, can be found at the Oban
Tourist Information Office, or please ask us.