Land Based Activities
WalkingThe hills surrounding Loch Melfort Hotel are full of many scenic walks suitable for walkers of all abilities. Most are through rolling moorland or hillside forestry, but easier coastal walks or along the Crinan Canal provide an equally exhilarating day out. Many local walks are waymarked by the Argyll Forestry Commission. Enquire at reception for maps and guides or for more details visit Walk Highlands. Ben Cruachan and its surrounding Munros offer a more serious walking challenge, as does Ben More on Mull.
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CyclingThe NCR 78 cylce route connection, Connel to Ballachullish in North Argyll, is arguably one of the most scenic and rewarding cycle tours on the West coast. The length of the route is from Campbeltown to Fort William, 167 miles, with plans to extend 64 miles to Inverness. For more routes in Argyll see VisitScotland’s dedicated pages.
RidingLunga Riding Stables are just 3.5 miles away at Lunga near Croabh Haven. The stables have an all weather ménage, a park which is frequently used for jumping or dressage, and a cross-country course. Many people, however, see riding simply as an enjoyable and natural way of exploring the beautiful countryside. The stables welcome beginners, provide B.H.S approved instruction, and organise regular rides by the hour or half day. The stables breed their own horses, Appaloosa, originally imported from Argentina, and school them in riding, jumping and driving.
GardensArgyll’s unique climate provides the perfect environment for lush gardens with many native and tropical plants on display. Garden enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with gardens at Arduaine, Crarae, Ardmaddy Castle, An Cala, and Ardchattan Priory. All are open to the public and have excellent visitor facilities.
GolfA varied selection of courses awaits golfers in and around the Oban area. Highland courses are known for their ruggedness and challenging holes, set amidst beautiful scenery, and are well-maintained with amenities for visiting golfers.
Glencruitten Golf Club – Set in Oban, this is a hilly, parkland course that abounds with Highland wildlife.
Dalmally Golf Club – A 9 hole course with mountain views and river hazards.
Lochgilphead Golf Club – Set in the Argyll hills offers super scenery and a hilly golfing challenge.
Machrihanish Golf Club – A classic links course on the Atlantic shores designed by Old Tom Morris. Superb golf and scenery.
Eriska Golf Course – Luxury golf course and driving range with spectacular sea views overlooking Mull. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Isle of Seil Golf Club – A scenic, coastal 9 hole course whose fairways are kept short by the local sheep! There are plenty of water hazard, no bunkers and visitors are welcome. Green fees are £12 per day.
Inveraray Golf Club – A challenging 9 hole course set on the shores of Loch Fyne with stunning views of the Loch and surrounding landscape
WildlifeWildlife watchers can enjoy the abundance of nature in areas such as the Special Area of Conservation at Loch Creran with its forest nature trails or Ballachuan Hazel Wood on Seil Island. In remoter areas, red deer are seen running on heathery moorland or up amongst the crags. The Oban Sealife Sanctuary situated just north of Oban is a major centre for rescued seals and their pups, otters, and also has a spectacular tank recreating life in a Scottish sea loch.
Crinan CanalThe Crinan Canal is a 9 mile long waterway which links Loch Fyne to the Sound of Jura. It is possible to walk its whole length within an afternoon and watch the yachts and fishing boats passing through the 15 locks and just take in the superb scenery.
Cruachan Power StationThe Cruachan Power Station lies deep within Ben Cruachan on the banks of Loch Awe. Visitors can view a free exhibition and then take a tour inside the mountain to see the cavern with its tropical plants and viewing gallery.
Family ActivitiesFamilies can spend a fun-filled day (especially a rainy one!) at Oban’s Atlantis Leisure Centre. Facilities include a 25m swimming pool with flume, teaching pool with slide for young children, soft play room, tennis, squash, sauna, bouldering wall and play park.
Loch Melfort Hotel is one of fifteen ‘Hub’s’ in Argyll and the Isles which hold an information folder on ‘Nature’s Paradise: Woodlands, Forests & Gardens’ available for guests and non residents to look up and research what there is to see and do in Argyll.