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Oban Scotland

Discussion in 'Photographic Locations' started by IvorCamera, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I know its a bit far for some but its well worth a visit, better still in winter if the suns out.........
    From Oban Scotland.JPG
     
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  2. Lovely place, and not too far from Glencoe.
     
  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I went to Oban around 40 years ago when we were visiting Fort William. Sadly all I remember is, that 5 people in a Hillman Minx is a long trip from Sheffield!

    Scotland is one of those countries that I keep promising to visit again. Sadly my other visits to Scotland have only been to Edinburgh and that is only twice.
     
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  4. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    I've been all over Scotland, twice, even over to Skye, twice, but on a Honda Fireblade, and no camera with me! I don't recall it looking anything special, just a load of Tarmac whizzing by :eek:
     
  5. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    And rain and mist and or a million mozzies splattered over your visor?:)
     
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  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Haven't been since the *istD came out.

    There was a cracking Indian, best I've come across. The one in Tobermory, however...

    Oh, and some great scenery.

    S
     
  7. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Tearoffs sorted the mozzies, pulling them off at a fast rate of knots too! We were very lucky with the weather too. Only rain we saw was on the first trip up, and that was as we went through Glasgow. After that it was proper biking weather. I don't know what they use in the road surface up North, but it shreds tyres! Granite or summat I guess.
     
  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I also like Oban. I know a bloke who runs a very nice B&B in town. The drive from where I live to Oban is rather lovely - very scenic indeed, but annoyingly there aren't very many places to stop and take photographs unless you hold up all the other traffic. The trip can be a joy. Unless there's a tractor.
     
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  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Obvious solution, go by bike. ;)
     
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  10. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Yes. My knees are totally up for a 70-odd mile bike ride.
     
  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Get a tandem and do a lazy shift at the back...
     
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  12. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Spluttered my coffee out then until I re-read it :eek:
     
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  13. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    Just checked my picture of Oban out on here and realised that it was done on a monitor that had not yet been calibrated, it is indeed a bit dull, sorry about that, its an age thing........I only had a bridge camera with me and yes it was winter and it was about 15 below the camera would only let me take a few pictures at a time, before it froze! but I got enough to keep me happy.....most of the time was spent in the bar sampling the local spirits.....
     
  14. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    Arguably, from a photographic point of view, the best thing about Oban is the ferry to Mull and the boats to the smaller isles. Try Lunga in June for seabirds.
     
  15. Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch Member

    There's a little place called Port Appin, near Oban. You'll find this - Castle Stalker. If you're on a bike you won't have any parking problems.
    Photographed July 1989 with a Soviet Zenit E SLR and 135mm lens. The film was Fujichrome RD 100.

    Castle Stalkerap.jpg
     
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  16. Lovely area. This was the view from the B&B we stayed at !
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  17. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

     
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  18. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    During February some years ago we stayed at a self catering semi historic building very near to Port Appin. Other members of the party stayed in a cottage actually in the village. This location was very convenint for both Glen Coe and Ben Nevis. For our rest days there were local walks, including an illicit traverse of a disused railway bridge across an estuary. The contrast between the mountains covered in ice and snow compared to the harbingers of spring found along the coastal paths was remarkable. There was also a leisure centre with a 25 yard pool open to the public (when not booked by schools) all the year round at one of the villages not too far away to the North. (Poolewe I think).

    To the subject of the post, Oban. Oban is a good place to start from if you want a ferry to some of the isles.That's it.

    I suggest that you head further North. Wester Ross almost certainly contains the finest mountain scenary in Britain. To actually traverse some of the ridges requires fitness that I no longer possess, and also a head for heights. Its not that they are difficult but in places very very exposed. For the finest examples expect to do well in excess of 6000 ft of ascent covering several near 4000 ft summits.
    I will never forget traverses of Liathach, An Tealach, and less intimidating but longer Ben Eigh. The campsite at Torridon could get a bit crowded but was cheap and perfectly situated.
    I guess that I am writing about trips of over twenty years ago. I would be interesting to hear from more recent visitors.
     
  19. Mark Coull

    Mark Coull Member

    I visited Oban, Glencoe and Inveraray this year, unfortunately the weather was grim.
     
  20. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Never been to Oban but it does look nice.

    Same with Torridon and I gather the campsite is still as cheap and easy as they come @Learning . Hope to go check it out one of these days.
     

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