With Children In Oban

We have recently discovered ‘geo-caching’, which is a website listing places where geo-cashes are hidden. They have several things in them, and the idea is that you can take a ‘treasure’ out, and you replace it with another ‘treasure’. See www.geo-caching.com. Local places that have a geo-cache: Pulpit hill in Oban, Kerrera island near the castle, Sutherland’s Grove just past Appin. But you need to look at the web site for the GPS locations and to log on.

All this information is in the information folder in your cottage, so no need to print out!

Inverawe Country House –01866 822 446
Kids love it, so adults love it too! Playpark and walks, with more play things round the walks as well. A walk up to the viewpoint is easily combined. See our page on Inverawe.  It’s a walk from Bonawe House through fields to get here (just 10 minutes at adult walking pace).

Oban Seal Sanctuary – Barcaldine – 01631 720 386
The Oban Seal Sanctuary is set amidst the pine trees on the shores of picturesque Loch Creran, 10 miles north of Oban. The centre combines a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue and rehabilitation facility for both common and grey seal pups. Come and explore their new Turtle Sanctuary, and behind the scenes experience.

        • Over 50 natural marine displays
        • Daily talks and feeding demonstrations by our Animal Care Team
        • Forest Adventure Play Park
        • Gift Shop and Shoreline Coffee Shop
        • Open 7 days a week from 10am

One of our favourite haunts. 25 minutes by car. From Taynuilt turn right onto the A85, turn left in Connel signed to Fort William. Over the Connel bridge, through Benderloch, it is signed to your left.

Ganavan Beach – Oban
A sandy beach for exploring. Dogs not permitted.
25 minutes by car. From Taynuilt turn right onto the A85. Into Oban turn right at the first and second roundabouts, signed to Ganavan. The beach is a few miles down at the end of the road.

Tralee Beach – Benderloch
Miles of clean sandy beach and shallow waters. This is where we tend to go ourselves. Dogs permitted.
20 minutes by car. From Taynuilt head for Oban on the A85. Before you come to Oban, take the turn off left in Connel signed for Fort William. This takes you round and over the Connel railway Bridge. Go through Benderloch, and turn left at the end, signed for Tralee Beach. After a mile there is an indisript car park on the right. Park here and walk down to the beach opposite, about half a mile walk. Alternatively, park in the village of Benderloch by the Lora Café, and follow the signs to walk from there to the beach. About ¾ mile.

Going wild at Nevis Centre – Fort William 01397 700707
A ball park with slides, tunnels and bouncy castle, all indoors.  Brilliant fun.
1.5 hours by car. Drive to Fort William, take the ring road round the centre, along the water. At the next roundabout go straight on as for Morisson, next roundabout right as for Morisson, then past the Morisson turnoff, and the leisure centre is on your left. Parking just beyond. You pay at the bar in the entrance.

Tobermory Handmade Chocolate01688 302 526
They are situated on the front of the Tobermory Bay, just east of the clock tower. To get to Tobermory, see your options in the Island Excursion section to Mull (Tobermory is Mull’s capital, the prettiest fishing village on the West Coast).

What’s the story in Ballamory
Every kid knows about Balamory. Well, it is filmed in Tobermory on Mull and you can see all the houses that the characters live in. Also all merchandise available! For how to get there see the Island Excursion section.
Tobermory is a lovely fishing village to stroll along. An Tobar is an Arts centre slightly up on the hill in a church that is worth seeing. There is a big playground on the west side of Tobermory, just after Josie Jump’s house on the left.

Atlantis Leisure Centre – Oban 01631 566800
Swimming pool, and extensive soft play. Please check the opening times (also available on-line), particularly during term time.  Also rock climbing wall and playground outside. You can also eat or just have a coffee at Atlantis. We’re often around Atlantis ourselves, for our kids to swim, and Renate does some voluntary work for their Committee.
25 mins by car. From Taynuilt head right on the A85 to Oban. Coming down the hill into Oban, turn left where it is signed, then left at the next T junction. Turn right onto the car park. This is also Oban’s free car park.

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park01786 841 456
Lots of wild safari animals.  Open end March to 30 Sept 10.00 to 17.30, 1.5 hours drive. Turn left coming out of Taynuilt on the A85, towards Tyndrum. Turn right in Tyndrum to Stirling. Pass through Calander and pass Doune to the A84. It’s on the left just before Stirling.