• Crinan and Knapdale Forest
Distance: 3km; duration: 2 hours
Flanked by the Crinan Canal and the Sound of Jura, the Knapdale Forest is in the middle of a National Scenic Area. Stop at the Barnluasgan Information Centre to find out more information about the Scottish Beaver Trail, part of a conservation project which saw beavers reintroduced to Scotland after an absence of 400 years.
• Black Lochs Circuit and Connel
Distance: 10.5km; duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Following this route, you’ll discover a series of small lochs, the Black Lochs, hemmed in by woodland with views of Ben Cruachan rising up in the distance. At the start of the walk, you’ll also see the Connel Bridge at the mouth of Loch Etive.
• Kilmun Arboretum
Distance: 2.75km; duration: 1.5 hours
There is a choice of three circuit trails to take which snake through the arboretum, home to 160 different species of trees. The routes are short but strenuous with changing inclines and some steep sections.
• Pulpit Hill and Gallanach
Distance: 7km; duration: 2 hours
Setting off from the centre of picturesque Oban, you’ll climb high above the town to the vantage point of Pulpit Hill for stunning views over the harbour and surrounding area. Continue along the route for views out over the Isle of Kerrera.
• Tobermory Lighthouse circuit
Distance: 5.5km; durations: 2 hours
Setting off on this walk, you’ll first encounter the brightly coloured streets of Tobermory, which have graced TV screens in many guises including children’s programme ‘Balamory’. The culmination of the route is the Rubha nan Gall lighthouse, built in 1859 by the grandfather of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The lighthouse gate is a great vantage point to spot otters.