1. Fishing

The waters off Oban are noted for large and specimen fish and have yielded many Scottish records. The Scottish record hake was caught in Loch Etive, while the waters around Mull have seen record angler fish, streaked gurnard, spurdog, wrasse, and, most notably, skate. In 1997 a new European record skate was caught in the sound of Mull and cemented Oban as the skate fishing capital of Europe.

Pike fishing on Loch Awe.

Pike fishing on Loch Awe.

Charter boats operate out of Oban and are well-equipped, providing tackle and a wealth of knowledge of local marks. Deep sea wreck and reef fishing almost guarantees good catches of species such as pollack, wrasse, cod, conger eel, dogfish, tope, thornback rays, cod, ling and gurnard.

Sea anglers can fish for free in any of the surrounding sea lochs and can pick from some good shore angling marks near Oban Caravan and Camping Park just south of Oban Bay in the Sound of Kerrera.

Loch Awe lies a short driving distance from the Loch Melfort Hotel. It is one of the largest freshwater lochs in Scotland and provides great sport for rainbow trout, wild brown trout and ferox trout, salmon, sea trout, arctic char, pike and perch anglers.

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2. Golf

There are a number of scenic golf clubs within driving distance of Loch Melfort;

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.

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

3. Kayaking

The waters around the Firth of Lorne provide some of the best sea kayaking in the UK. There are gentle routes around some of the islands or, for the expert, strong tidal races and whirlpools. Tuition, guided tours and kayak hire are available from Sea Kayak Oban, and Sea Freedom KayakSeafari Adventures offer a kayak taxi service with an adapted boat able to carry 9 kayaks for those wishing to take an ‘easy ride’ to more interesting places.

Argyll Sea Kayak Trail is a 150km long trail from Helensburgh to Ganavan, offering some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. Rich in wildlife, naturally diverse coastline, sheltered waters, islands, sandy beaches, caves and much more, it is everything you want from a paddling destination. Our nearest access point is Arduaine Pier.
Arduaine – Ganavan and Arduaine – Crinan Route Maps

4. Horse Riding

Lunga Riding Stables are just 3.5 miles away at horseLunga 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. Open all year.

5. Walking

The 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 HighlandsBen Cruachan and its surrounding Munros offer a more serious walking challenge, as does Ben More on Mull.

Suggested Trails:

Crinan Canal and Dunardry [pdf]

Knapdale [pdf]

Moine Mhor [pdf]