During my journey around Scotland in April 2019, I mainly focused on exploring the Scottish nature. But I obviously came across some charming towns to which I gave my time and attention and didn’t regret it.
I arrived in Oban at lunch time under a wonderful sunshine and went straight to the pier in order to taste the wonderful seafood that The Green Shack could offer. After that I had a little bit of time before catching my bus and I went around the town in order to appreciate it even more.
On top of this colorful harbor is McCaig’s Tower, a prominent landmark on Scotland’s West coast. Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the tower gives you the opportunity to walk up the hill through lovable neighborhoods and vibrant gardens in order to observe the viewpoint on Oban and the water.
In order to see the Glennfinan Viaduct I took a train to Mallaig and its lovely dock. To be completely honest, there wasn’t much to do there but feeling embraced in a typical fisherman harbor and its atmosphere.
I went on a bit of the Mallaig Circuit walk in order to have a great view on the city and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart as well as to enjoy my lunch and relax a little.
Downtown you can also observe the famous Jacobite steam train (featured in the Harry Potter movies), and if your budget allows it, you’re able to hop in it for a beautiful ride and even have a delicious lunch in a vintage diner cabin.
Despite the rain, I truly appreciate walking in this compact and cosmopolitan city. I started by the Victorian Market, built in 1890, for a delicious vegan milkshake and a little window shopping. Then I headed towards Inverness castle, sitting on the banks of the River Ness and built in 1830 with red sand stones. It gives you a beautiful veiwpoint all over the town.
Just after Flora McDonald’s statue there’s a little path leading towards the river. Here I crossed a little bridge to go visit St Andrews Cathedral, One of the first new cathedrals completed in Great Britain after the Reformation. It was a beautiful moment to go there as all the almond trees were flourishing in front of the building, mixing their pink color to the red sand stones of the church.
After that, I wandered along the River Ness, a potential 2 hour walk around the city following the water banks. It led me to the Botanical Garden which offered me a relaxing break and a charming spot for my picnic in it’s tropical green house (as well as a break from the rain). This place has no entrance free as it’s a charity and works with donations and plant sales.
This picturesque fishing town was so lovely. I arrived around 4PM and left in the morning the next day so not much was left for me to visit. Nevertheless, the setting around it is breathtaking.
I started by walking up the Ullapool hill, an easy and beautiful walk leading to a sensational viewpoint over the Lochbroom and the town.
I then went on a sea scroll, picked up some cute rocks and wandered around this outdoor paradise.