Benderloch and Appinisle of lismore in the distance
Five miles short of Oban in the village of Connel, you find the impressive canilevered bridge over the entrance to Loch Etive and above the Falls of Lora. This is the road that leads North to Ballachulish, Appin and Fort William, but first it leads to the beautiful area of Benderloch. The first landmark is the North Connel Oban airport, before you find the Ledaig caravan park. It is worth coming here if only for the most idyllic setting from which to watch the sunsets over the Firth of Lorn towards Mull, perfectly framed by Dunstaffnage castle to your left and the Isle of Lismore to your right. After Ledaig, you enter the village of Benderloch with its useful village general store which accesses the Tralee penninsula, (and the Karting track) before the road takes you to the Sea Life Centre and on to Barcaldine and Appin, the gateway to Lismore. Benderloch in many ways has much more to recommend it as an area to visit than Oban town in that you feel more connected to the stunning rugged beauty of the West.
There are two great ancient castles in the Benderloch and Appin area: Dunstaffnage Castle and Castle Stalker. The later requires you to book on a tour as you have to be taken over a short stretch of water by boat.
There are a couple of decent gardens worth visiting in the Benderloch and Appin area: Ardchattan Priory and Garden, Kinlochlaich House Gardens, with its associated plant centre and Druimavuic House gardens.
Private House Stays recommends the beauty spot of Glen Dubh, the walks on Beinn Lora, the Argyll Pottery, and a couple of attractions for entertaining children in The Oban Sealife Centre, Tralee Rally Karting and The Bonawe Iron Furnace.