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13-day Scotland Tour - what to plan for Oban free day with Staffa closed?

Looking for recommendations for what to do on Oct 9 free day in Oban. Just read that Staffa is closed for repairs through next spring. Thanks in advance for any and all ideas!

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You can still take the two-island tour to Mull and Iona. We really enjoyed that. Check the West Coast Motors website for dates and times.

You could also visit the two islands independently for a bit less money, but we appreciated having commentary on the bus across Mull, and it was nice not to have to worry about the public-bus schedule.

Posted by
1376 posts

Hi, tonirey,

Will you have a car, or will you be using public transportation? If you have a car, you can greatly expand what you see on Mull.

Mike (Auchterless)

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594 posts

We took the Three Island Tour in June, and Lunga was our favorite part, but without the puffins (not sure when they depart), it might be far less exciting. Our skipper told us he would be continuing to visit Staffa, without landing, but that might have been wishful thinking. WestCoast Tours hadn't figured out what they would do yet.

With no puffins and no Staffa. and if the weather is iffy, and if you have a car, you might consider Carnasserie Castle, Lady Glassary carpark for the Kilmartin tombs, Moine Mohr, Dunstaffnage Castle, and Dunollie Castle. There's also so a beaver sanctuary near Moine Mohr. Arduaine Gardens was closed when we were there, but maybe they re-opened.

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We are on the tour and not planning to have a car. I suppose we could rent one in Oban? (But there are seven of us, so that's a challenge in it's own right.)

I'm wondering what we might schedule for this free day, will have toured the islands of Mull and Iona the previous day.

Thanks again for any suggestions!

Posted by
8322 posts

There are other islands you haven’t seen with ferry connections from Oban you could explore. However, you may find that just slowing the pace for a day and exploring around Oban itself might be a good option.

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4780 posts

Highly recommend Mull and Iona. You wont regret it.