Family friendly days out from Oban
The west coast islands offer some fantastic family days out just a stone's throw from Glasgow and Ayrshire - read on to discover ferry adventures for little explorers.
Spend the day on magnificent Mull and hopscotch over to Iona or go off the beaten track on Kerrera or Lismore. Whichever you choose you're sure to make memories you'll cherish for a lifetime. There is so much to explore on Scotland's west coast islands, and with return fares starting from £1.70 for children 5-15 and under 5s travelling FREE, it's cheaper than you think!
Island magic awaits...
Isle of Mull and Iona
Taking a day trip to Mull and Iona is an enchanting adventure for all ages. These islands offer a blend of natural beauty and rich history that's hard to find elsewhere. On Mull, explore colourful Tobermory, spot island wildlife and discover the rugged coastline. Then, a short ferry ride to Iona unveils a tranquil oasis with its iconic abbey and pristine beaches. Here are some examples of things to see and do on your family day out to Mull and Iona.
Isle of Mull Wildlife Tour: Embark on a wildlife tour where kids can marvel at seals, dolphins, whales, and even eagles. It's a captivating and educational experience.
Mull Aquarium: Explore the underwater world at the Mull Aquarium in Tobermory, home to various marine creatures, interactive exhibits, and touch tanks.
Aros Park: Enjoy family walks and picnics in Aros Park. Kids can have fun at the play area, while parents can enjoy the relaxing surroundings.
Hop over to the Isle of Iona from Fionnphort on the south of the island - perfect for a short visit with the kids. Explore historic Iona Abbey and take in the breathtaking island scenery.
Getting to Mull
Sail from Oban to Craignure from as little as £7.80 for an adult return and £3.90 for a child return (under 5's travel FREE). Check out the Isle of Mull Timetable for sailing times by day and to start planning your unforgettable day trip. Top tip: enjoy locally sourced food and drinks onboard the ferry.
Isle of Kerrera
Just a short drive from Oban, you can sail to the Isle of Kerrera from the unmanned port of Gallanach. Although a short five-minute sailing, the kids will enjoy spotting wildlife from the ferry. Perfect for exploring on foot, this tiny island boasts a historic castle and a fantastic tea garden, the perfect (and only) place to refuel for the walk back to the ferry.
Gylen Castle Adventure: Take a scenic 2.5mile walk from the ferry port to Gylen Castle, a former stronghold of Clan MacDougall and perched on a hill overlooking the Firth of Lorne. Explore the ruins and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
Isle of Kerrera Tea Garden: Just before Gylen Castle, you'll discover the Kerrera Tea Garden, where families can enjoy homemade treats and relax in a peaceful garden setting. This is also a good chance to use the facilities.
Beach combing: On your walk back to the ferry stop off at Horseshoe Bay Beach to collect some treasure in the form of seashells and colourful rocks and enjoying the tranquillity of the sea.
Wildlife Spotting: Keep an eye out for wildlife like seals, otters, and a variety of bird species while exploring this tiny Scottish gem.
Getting to Kerrera
Sail from Gallanach to Kerrera from as little as £3.40 for an adult return and £1.70 for a child return (under 5's travel FREE). Check out the Isle of Kerrera Timetable for sailing times by day and to start planning your unforgettable day trip.
Isle of Lismore
Sail to Lismore from Oban in just under an hour, plenty time onboard the ferry to spot sea birds in flight, nosey seals, and friendly dolphins! And that's all before you reach the island. At just 10 miles long and 1 mile wide, Lismore is an island oasis to be explored. Book a guided tour or go on your own island adventure to discover history and heritage, wildlife, and nature at its best.
Explore Lismore Tour: Book a guided island tour with this family run business to experience the very best of this beautiful island - think Shepherding, Paddle boarding, wildlife watching and sampling island delights.
Lismore Heritage Centre: Visit the Lismore Heritage Centre, where families can learn about the island's rich history through engaging exhibits and learn a bit of Gaelic too!
Achnacroish Railway Path: Walk or cycle the Achnacroish Railway Path, a flat and family-friendly route offering stunning views of the island.
Cairn Cottage Plants & Gardens: Go to Cairn Cottage Plants & Gardens to discover beautiful blooms, butterflies, and even feed the resident hens.
Getting to Lismore
Sail from Oban to Lismore from as little as £6.10 for an adult return and £3.10 for a child return (under 5's travel FREE). Check out the Isle of Lismore Timetable for sailing times by day and to start planning your unforgettable day trip.