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Ganavan Sands

Spend a few hours wading, strolling or building sandcastles at this lovely Blue Flag beach.

Ganavan Sands, also known as Ganavan Beach, is a rural beach that offers wonderful coastal views and gloriously soft sands. Bring the family for a relaxing day at this peaceful beach and when you get bored of sunning and swimming, go for a walk to check out some of the nearby castles.

Walk along the coast of Ganavan Bay, admiring the views of the islands of Mull and Lismore. Swim in the waters off the coast, but keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty to supervise children as they swim.

Examine the rock pools around the beach and try to spot unusual creatures in them. Bring snacks and water because there are no refreshments available on-site, although ice-cream trucks do sometimes pass by in the summer months.

Consider walking or cycling along the gorgeous coastal walking leading north from the beach to Dunstaffnage Castle. This rugged but rewarding 4.75-mile (7.75-kilometer) trail takes around 2.5 hours to complete.

As you walk along the coastal path away from Ganavan Sands, look for Mull and Lismore islands when you pass over the cliffs. Stop to take in views of Dunbeg village and the peaks of Ben Cruachan and Taynuilt Peak as you continue over Ganavan Hill. Visit 13th-century Dunstaffnage Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest surviving stone castles. There is a fee to enter.

Join other walkers, runners and cyclists on the quiet coastal road leading to the town of Oban. Stop for lunch at one the town’s many fantastic seafood restaurants. You could also explore the quieter nearby beach, called Little Ganavan.

A short walk south along a woodland trail will bring you to Dunollie Castle. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is the long-time stronghold of the clan MacDougall.

Ganavan Sands is located 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of Oban and can be easily reached by foot or bike. Alternatively, take a bus from Oban or drive. Parking is offered on-site. Unwind with a quiet afternoon at the charming beach.


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The Ranald Hotel £70
The Ranald Hotel

The Ranald Hotel

41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    The Scot £110
    The Scot

    The Scot

    2 George St, Oban, Scotland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      Oban Bay Hotel £112
      Oban Bay Hotel

      Oban Bay Hotel

      Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and Oban Distillery are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Perle Oban Hotel £139
        Perle Oban Hotel

        Perle Oban Hotel

        Station Square, Oban, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

          Wide Mouthed Frog £108
          Wide Mouthed Frog

          Wide Mouthed Frog

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Oban, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Loch Linnhe, Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Ganavan Sands. Connel Bridge and Oban War and Peace Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Corriemar Guest House £90
            Corriemar Guest House

            Corriemar Guest House

            6 Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Loch Linnhe. Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and St. John's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Oban Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel £110
              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel

              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel

              Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Loch Linnhe. Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and St. John's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Oban Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                The Whisky Vaults Hotel £129
                The Whisky Vaults Hotel

                The Whisky Vaults Hotel

                3 Tweedale St, Oban, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and McCaig's Tower are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 4-minute walk.