The 3 best short walks in Oban

A wee walk a day can do wonders for your physical and mental health, and give you a great sense of escapism.

We have teamed up with Wee Walk Oban – a project aimed at getting more people to get outdoors and exercise, responsibly.

The Wee Walk Oban website has a resource of local walks to encourage all to explore the beautiful town of Oban by foot and promotes environmental responsibility and healthy, active lifestyles outdoors.

We asked the Wee Walk Oban team to compile a list of their favourite short walks in Oban and here’s what they had to say:

Here is a list of our top 3 wee walks in Oban, and why we love them:

Battleship Hill

The panoramic views at the top of Battleship Hill are stunning on a good day. Copyright Wee Walk Oban

This short walk gives a breathtaking panorama of Oban bay, Kerrera, Mull, Ardnamurchan and then all the way round to Ben Cruachan (on a clear day of course!). It also provides a unique perspective of Ganavan. An easy stroll down the front leads to a short but steep ascent to the top of Battleship Hill, and then back along “The Witches”, as it’s known locally, providing great variety for such a short walk.

Distance: 5.7km

Estimated Time: 1hr 10 – 2hrs

To find out more about this route, visit: http://www.obanwalks.org.uk/Battleship.html

Glencruitten Long Route

One of the many forest paths through Glencruitten. Copyright Wee Walk Oban.

We have three routes on our website that go through the amazing Glencruitten estate; this one winds through many of the several paths in the lovely forest. We like this one because it’s a great quick escape from town and is a brilliant walk in any weather. 

Distance: 9.9km

Estimated Time: 2hrs 15mins – 4hrs

To find out more about this route, visit: http://www.obanwalks.org.uk/glen-long.html

Ardbhan Crags

“Unique view of Oban, small yet exciting ridge walk.” Copyright Wee Walk Oban

This walk gives a very unique view of the area, and almost feels like a mini hillwalk with its exposed drops from the ridge. Paying a visit to Pulpit Hill at the beginning of the walk, it then leads away from town towards Kerrera Ferry via the old drovers road, before returning on the Ardbhan Crags with the Kerrara Sound below and the stunning views all round. 

Distance: 6.4km

Estimated Time: 1hr 15mins – 2hrs

To find out more about this route, visit: http://www.obanwalks.org.uk/Ardbhan.html

Wee Walk Oban

This project was created with the help of the Oban community, in order to share local knowledge of the many fantastic routes in and around Oban. Wee Walk Oban want to encourage more people to not only get outdoors and exercise, but to do so responsibly by learning about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

To find out more about the project, head over to http://www.obanwalks.org.uk/

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