You (and you dog) can enjoy many walks giving stunning mountain and coastal views, directly from the back of the property, a great place for dog walking. Beinn Mhor and Losgann Larnarch (the Toad of Lorn) which sit behind us, and the site of an ancient fort, is a walk which gives stunning views of the surrounding islands - especially Mull, and mountains and the Firth of Lorn - you can see Ben Nevis from the top. There are also the Duachy standing stones, a crannog in Loch Seil and ruined crofting villages to see. Directly from the property you can walk to the sandy beach at Barnacarry Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast of Scotland and very quiet and peaceful - you might see a seal in the bay, or meet some cattle on the beach, but otherwise you are likely to be undisturbed. On the other side of Loch Seil, there are miles of forestry walks, including Loch Charn and other lochans. We provide walking routes in the Cottages and a local OS map to guide you. You and your dog can walk for miles just here, but of course further afield, there are numerous other walks - information available in the cottages and also on the Walk Highlands website.
Wildlife sea trips and journeys to the islands and the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool are almost a must in this area, and are available from both Seil and Oban. Sealife Adventures and Seafari run out of Seil Island, Coastal Connection runs trips out of Oban. Seafari have frequent trips out for wildlife, whale watching and also trips to Iona and Staff, and they will dog-sit for you while you are on their trips!
Many of the islands are accessible for a day trip and well worth a visit. Each island holds its own charm and interest. The Slate Islands of Seil, Easdale and Luing are a 5 minute drive away, Seil being accessed by the Bridge over the Atlantic and providing access to Easdale and Luing by short ferry crossing. All good for walking. The Island of Mull is a fantastic day trip, (we recommend booking your ferry). From here you can go on to visit Iona and Staffa (dog friendly trips available from Oban). It is a short ferry hop across from Oban to Kerrera, a great walking island with no cars. Lismore ferries run for cars from Oban or foot passengers only from Port Appin. Another great island for walking and cycling, with very little traffic and some great views and historic sites.
There are plenty of low traffic routes in the area to enjoy the outdoors, and several of the islands are ideal for exploring by bike - bring your own (we have a bike shed) or there are plenty of options for bike hire. Biking from here is the low traffic route through the lovely Glen Lonan, and within easy reach are Luing (where there is bike hire by the ferry terminal), Lismore (also bike hire at the ferry terminal), and Kerrera (which has no cars). Maps are available in the cottages for The Caledonian Way and for Oban, Kintyre and the Trossachs, giving many and varied routes for cycling. Also check out Sustrans.
Sea kayaking is a very popular passtime with stunning coastal scenery and a quiet way to view the wildlife. From Oban trips are run by Sea Kayak Oban, and from Seil Island by Sea Kayak Scotland.
There are 9 hole golf courses on Seil Island and at Taynuilt, and an 18 hole course at Glencruitten in Oban.
Both inland and sea fishing are available in the area. There are various companies offering sea fishing out of Oban. For loch fishing visit the Oban and Lorn Angling Club website. Guided fishing trips for salmon, trout, pike and more are available from Duncan (Fishinguide Scotland) who will arrange everything for you including equipment, permits, transport, even lunch and photos of your trip! (Booking essential.)