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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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Balmoral Hotel

4 Craigard Rd, Oban, Scotland
     
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and McCaig's Tower are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 5-minute walk.

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    Perle Oban Hotel

    Station Square, Oban, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      Columba Hotel £134
      Columba Hotel

      Columba Hotel

      The Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from St. John's Cathedral and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and McCaig's Tower are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 4-minute walk.

        The Whisky Vaults Hotel £90
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        The Whisky Vaults Hotel

        3 Tweedale St, Oban, Scotland
           
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Oban, 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.

          The Royal Hotel £118
          The Royal Hotel

          The Royal Hotel

          Argyll Square, Oban, Scotland
             
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

            Roseneath Guest House
            Roseneath Guest House

            Roseneath Guest House

            Dalriach Road, Oban, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and McCaig's Tower are also within 15 minutes. Oban Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel £130
              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel

              Best Western Muthu Queens Hotel

              Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds are also within 15 minutes. Oban Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                Muthu Alexandra Hotel £104
                Muthu Alexandra Hotel

                Muthu Alexandra Hotel

                Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and Oban Distillery are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is 11 minutes by foot.