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There is an almost endless list of Islands to visit in the area, some with a short ferry ride some a bit longer.  Ferry services are fantastic and run to a Summer and Winter timetable.  I've listed below some of the small Island to visit with links to their local websites if they have one.  You can choose on the longer ferry routes not to get off at your destination and just go for a trip and meal.  The food on Calmac Ferries is excellent.

Mull - Visit website

Mull is a beautiful large island to visit with lots of attractions, have a look at there website for more details.  It is of course the home of Balamory made famous from the kids programme.  From Mull you can visit Isle of Iona and the abbey there.   It is a large island so if you are going to visit, make sure you book your car onto the ferry.  The ferry in the summer is really busy so don't just turn up and hope - book!  There is usually room for foot passengers all of the time and there are buses at the other end.  Again I would book in advance at the Calmac Ferry Terminal to get a better price and ensure a place on the bus.  This is especially true when the Music Festival or Car Rally are on. 

You can see Kerrara as you come down the hill into Oban.  Kerrera only has residents cars on it, so both ferries are for foot passengers only.  One ferry run by Oban Marina, leaves from the North Pier and one run by Calmac leaves from Gallanach.  There is a great circular walk that you can do on the south end of the island (get the Gallanach Ferry).  There is tea room near Gylen Castle at the south end of the island and there's a restaurant in the Marina.  Both run seasonally so have a look at their websites before you go.

KerreraKerrera Tea Garden - Oban Marina - Calmac


Seil is a small island to the south of Oban.  You have to cross over the only bridge over the Atlantic to get to it.  The bridge itself is very picturesque and there is a good dog friendly pub just on the other side of it.   From Seil you can get a foot ferry to Easdale Island from Ellenabeich and the ferry to Luing from Cuan Ferry.  Ellanabeich is well worth a visit as well, with a gift shop and pub.

Seil Island online - Tigh na Truish - The Oyster Bar - Seafari Adventures

Easdale is one of the nicer small islands to visit.  You have to cross over the only bridge over the Atlantic onto to Seil Island and then take the small foot passenger ferry to get to it.  The Island itself has a great playpark, pub/restaurant and a museum.  The island itself used to be a slate quarry there are footpaths along the coast, around the old flooded quarries and upto the top of the Island.  There are no cars at all on the island, the islanders use barrows and the odd quad bike to transport goods from the ferry.  In September each year the island holds the World Stone Skimming Championships, this is well worth a visit to either watch or to compete in.  I have won a couple of medals myself!

Easdale Island - Puffer Bar & Restaurant - Easdale Folk MuseumCalmac - World Stone Skimming Championships

Luing is one of the larger Atlantic Islands waiting to be explored and there is a car ferry to cross the narrow channel called Cuan Sound.  There is also bike hire available on the island.  There is a restaurant/tea room which is open seasonally as well.

Another former slate island it's a great place to escape to, nestling just off the Oban coast, Luing offers beauty and adventure in equal measure.

Then discover abundant wildlife, unspoilt beaches, historic ruins and pristine trails.  There is even a breed of cattle named after the island.
Isle of Luing - Atlantic Islands Centre - Calmac - Bike Hire

Lismore means the 'Great Garden' in Gaelic.  It is a 10 mile long Inner Hebridean island near Oban.  The population of the island is about 170.  It has a small, friendly community with a strong community spirit. Lismore is a long island that can be accessed by two ferries, one from Oban (takes cars and passengers) and one from Port Appin which is passenger only. 

On the island you can find a medieval Parish Church, a Primary School and a Public Hall, as well as their most recent addition, the award-winning Gaelic Heritage Centre & Museum Gift Shop.

There is a well stocked island Shop & Post Office, and the fully licenced Isle of Lismore Cafe, situated at the Heritage Centre.  Bike hire is available.

Isle of Lismore - Calmac

The tiny island of Iona, off the west coast of Mull, is a great place to visit for a day out.  This small isle, just three miles long by one mile wide, had a huge influence on the establishment of Christianity in Scotland, England and throughout mainland Europe.  In 563AD the Irish monk St Columba arrived on the white sandy beaches of Iona with a handful of followers. He built his first Celtic church and established a monastic community on the island.

Iona has golden beaches (search them for bits of agate).  You get to Iona from Mull on another Calmac Ferry, so visit the ferry terminal or website to book.  The Isle of Iona website is excellent so have a look at it for information.

Isle of Iona - Explore Iona - Calmac