540 Route 69. OBAN. Excursions
of the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, however, we come under the lee
of Mull (p. 536) and enter the Sound of Kerrera. — 120 M. Oban
Beyond Ardlamont Point (p. 538) the 'Lord of the Isles' skirts the E.
shore of Loch Fyne, and opposite Ardrishaig enters tbe narrow upper
reach of the loch, bounded by low hills. We touch at Crarae and Furnace
on the W. bank, both with noted granite quarries, and then cross to
(90 M.) Strachur (inn), where passengers via Loch Eck (p. 533) re-embark.
Beyond the head of the loch appears Ben Lui (3708 ft.). — 91 M. Inveraray
(Argyll Arms, R. is., B. 2s. 6d.; George), the insignificant little county-
town (1000 inhab.) of Argyllshire, is beautifully situated at the N.W.
end of Loch Fyne, in a district noted for the beauty and variety of its
trees. Adjacent is Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, in
a finely wooded park. Fine view from Duniquoich (900 ft.; up and down
From Inveraray a coach runs by Glen Aray to (10 M.) Cladich, near
"Loch Awe (see above), on which a whole day may be pleasantly spent
(steamer), and thence, with a view of Ben Cruachan (3689 ft.), to (6 M.)
Dalmally (p. 513), whence we take the train to (25 M.) Oban.
Oban. — Hotels (often crowded). 'Great Western, R. 4s. 6d., D. 5s.;
'Alexandra, to the N. of the pier; "Station, R. 4s. 6d., D. 5s., Caledonian,
near the station, to the S. of the pier; Craig-Ard, on the hill behind the
town, with fine view; _olumba, opposite the N, pier; *Royal; "Argyll,
R. 3s.-3s. 6d., D. 3s. 6d.; Imperial, R. 3s.-3s. 6d., D. 3s. 6d.; King's Arms,
R. 3s. 3d., D. 3s.-4s.; Marine, well spoken of, Victoria (R. 2s. 6d.), LEorOLD,
three temperance hotels. — Lodgings. — Rail. Rfmt. Rooms.
Oban, a growing town with 5400 inhab., is picturesquely situated
in a lovely bay of the Firth of Lorn, which is almost land-locked by
the island of Kerrera (ferry 4d.) and forms a fine harbour, generally
full of yachts and steamers. Oban is the starting-point for so many
excursions and the centre of so much traffic by train and steamer,
that it has been called the 'Charing Cross of the Highlands'. The
obelisk on Kerrera is a memorial of David Hutcheson, the pioneer
of steamboat traffic in the Western Highlands. On a rocky pro¬
montory on the N. side of the bay, 11/4 M. from the pier, rises
Dunolly Castle, the pretty grounds of which (open to the public
on Mon., Wed., and Frid. in summer, 10-1 & 2-6; 3d.) afford fine
views. In the drive leading to the house is the Clach-a-Choin, or
dog-stone, to which it is said Fingal used to tie his dog Bran. A
new marine parade passes below Dunolly to Ganavan bathing-beach.
Excursions from Oban.
Walks. To the top of the hill at the back of the town 0/2 hr.); fine view
of Oban, Kerrera, and Mull. — To Dunslaffnage Castle, 3'/2 M., coach twice
daily (return-fare Is. 6d.); also steam-launch (same fare). We follow the road
leading from Oban towards the N. for about 3 M., and then take a track to
the left leading along the shore past Dunslaffnage Farm. Dunstaffnage
Castle is associated with very early Scottish history, and the 'Stone of
Destiny', now forming part of the 'Coronation Chair' in Westminster Abbey
(see Baedeker's London), was kept here before its removal to Scone in 842.
In clear weather the castle affords a fine view of Loch Etive, the Mts. of
Mull, etc. The lofty mountain to the E. is Ben Cruachan.
Longer Excursions. 1. "To Staffa and lona (steamer there and back,
including 1 hr. on each of the islands, 9-10 hrs.; fare 15s.; B., D., & tea, 5s.).