oban - Tyndrum (via Glencoe)

From Coast to Coast

Route length: 65 miles

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

The Free High Church, Oban

This was completed in 1846 and designed by David Cousin. It was one of the first large Free churches in Scotland, its scale is evidence of the prosperity brought to Oban by steamboat traffic.

Oban Old Parish Church

Corran Esplanade Church of Scotland, Oban

Oban Congregational Church

The Scottish Episcopal Cathedral of St John the Divine, Oban

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Columba

St Oran’s Parish Church, Connel

The Chapel, Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunbeg Church of Scotland

Strathfillan Parish Church, Crianlarich

Bridge of Orchy Church

St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Ballachulish

St Munda’s Glencoe Parish Church

St Mun’s Roman Catholic Church

Duror Parish Church

Appin Parish Church

Benderloch Church of Scotland

By Road

Leave Oban on the A85 and turn north on reaching the A828. Follow this all the way to Ballachulish, where you turn right onto the A82 to reach Glencoe. From Glencoe take the minor road to Clachaig Inn. Follow the A82 until branching left for The Kings House hotel. From here follow the minor road which brings you past the Victoria Bridge and Inveroran hotel to reach Bridge of Orchy. Rejoin the A82 until branching left a mile before reaching Tyndrum.

By Cycle

Cyclists can head North out of Oban past Dunollie castle on NCN 78. Join the A85, and then turn north on the A828. (Alternatively, leave Oban eastbound on NCN 78, and then turn left at Barranrioch. You will join the A828 at Connel).

Substantial parts of NCN 78 (off road path) from Oban to Ballachulish have now been completed, but the A828 has to be used in between.

At Ballachulish turn right onto the A82 to come through the Pass of Glencoe and on to Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum.

By Foot

From the pier at Achnacroish on Lismore it is a 4.5 mile walk to the jetty at the north end of the island. Having crossed to Port Appin it is a further 2.5 miles to Appin. (see below for transport connections).

In Glencoe, walk through the village to the Massacre of Glencoe Memorial at the east end of the village. You could then walk back to cross the Bridge of Coe and walk some way up the footpath to look back over the village.

By Public Transport

There are railway stations at Oban, Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum. There is a bus route from Oban to Ballachulish and from Ballachulish to Tyndrum (including a stop at Bridge of Orchy).

Lismore is served by a Calmac vehicle ferry from Oban, and by Calmac passenger ferry from Port Appin. From Appin there are bus services to Oban and Fort William.

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

By an alternative northern loop to Tyndrum, you visit the islands and lochs of the Celtic apostles, where they found places of refuge and refreshing. By Ardchattan and Lismore- which was the great sanctuary of St Moluag-, and Eilean Munde in Loch Leven, you tread the boundary of sea and land

Lismore is a short boat trip from Port Appin. The ancient church, once a cathedral of St Moluag, is two miles north of the pier at Clachan. Also buried there is Alexander Carmichael whose collection of Gaelic prayers and blessings sparked a Celtic revival across the globe.

Back on the mainland, in dramatic Glencoe you can visit the village and beyond a memorial to the massacre. Recall with sorrow the bloodshed when politics and religion clash. This too is part of Scotland’s faith story.

Journeying by seashore and island
may peace dwell in our hearts
with a sorrowing for violence and injustice.
(and on Alexander Carmichael’s grave stone)
‘Be my soul in peace with the
Brightness of the mountains.
Valiant Michael, meet thou my soul.’

Moluag, the clear, the brilliant
Sun of Lismore
Great Garden, Sanctuary, Enclosure
May light divine shine from you
and the God of love ward off evil and violence
from the people of Alba
and all earth's children.

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