With Oban known as the gateway to the Isles, Loch Melfort is in a perfect position to act as a stop off before visiting a good number of islands.

One of our current guests learnt the below song as a child and has always wanted to visit all of the 15 islands listed. Our Reception team have just organised a local private charter to take them, and their dog, to Lunga tomorrow, a lesser known and hard to reach island. That leaves just one to go!

How many have you been to?


The Hiking Song

Oh’ the wanderlust is on me

And tonight I strike the trail

And the morning sun will find me

In the lovely Lomond Vale

Then I’ll hike it through Glen Falloch

Where the mountain breezes blow

And we’ll dmm up in the evening

In the valley of Glencoe


Then swing along to a hiking song

On the highway winding west

Tramping highland glens and bracken bens

To greet the Isles we love the best

Islay, Jura, Scarba, Lunga

And the islands o’ the sea,

Luing, Mull, C olonsay, staffa,

Coll, Iona and Tiree,

Sgurr of Eigg and Rhum and Canna

And the Minch waves rolling high

And the heather tinted Cuillins

Of the lovely Isle of Skye




Then I’ll bivouac and slumber

Till the dawn gives place to day

And Itll wander by the river

That inspired old Ossian’s Lay

Then Itll do some mountaineering

On.the Bidean’s snowy crest

Just to view the Hills o’ Derry

And the islands o’ the west




When the wanderlust has left me

And I grow too old to roam

Still the memory will linger

Of my lovely highland home,

Silvery streams and mmbling rivers,

Verdant vales and glorious glens

And the pride ofCaledonia,

Heather hills and bracken bens.