Welcome to The Old Manse Guest House
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Welcome to the Old Manse, Oban.
Built in 1863 for the Church of Scotland, The Old Manse has been lovingly restored and refurbished to provide first class bed and breakfast accommodation in Oban on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.
Set in a prominent position in its own secluded grounds yet just two minutes walk from town, The Old Manse Guest House has lovely views over Oban Bay to the Isles of Kerrera and Mull.
The gardens have been landscaped to provide a beautiful haven in which guests can relax and take in the panoramic views. Your hosts, Anna and Simon, aim to provide an experience of comfort and hospitality from the moment guests step over the threshold. The personal touches and attention to detail ensure that guests return time and time again.
You don't even have to go out to eat if you don't want to - why not enjoy a night in with our delicious in-room suppers?
The Old Manse Guest House Accommodation
The Old Manse has five guest bedrooms, three with kingsize beds. All are ensuite with flatscreen, Freeview televisions, bedside bedside radio/alarm/CD player and hospitality trays and hair dryers.
Each bedroom is individually colour co-ordinated and has its own charm and character. Hospitality trays in all rooms have a selection of teas, coffee, shortbread and hot chocolate.
The two front bedrooms have views over Oban Bay. Binoculars are on hand for close ups of the ferries and boats sailing past. The refurbished ground floor bedroom has a Kingsize sleigh bed and ‘Swedish style’ wooden panelled bathroom complete with a shower and bath for a relaxing soak at the end of the day.
The side bedroom has been refurbished in a contemporary style and overlooks Oban Hill and the local bowling green, providing free viewing! All of the guest rooms provide a very high standard of comfortable accommodation. Self contained family suite available (double en-suite with adjoining twin).
The Dining Room
A selection of cereals, fruit juices, fruit compotes, yogurts, oatcakes and cheeses provide a lighter start to the day. An in-room service of soup and sandwiches is available between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Please order the day before required.
The landscaped garden has stunning views across to the islands of Kerrera and Mull. Relax on one of our benches or raised patio area with its views down to the Lismore lighthouse. The walk down the garden path and into the town centre with its many shops and restaurants and harbour takes around five minutes.
All rooms have wine glasses and bottle openers plus hospitality trays so you can relax on one of the benches with a cup of tea or bring your own bottle of wine to toast the sunset.
Balamory books and DVD to enjoy during your stay, plus Balamory 'welcome letter' for the under 7s.
Arrival times are between 1.00pm and 7.00pm unless otherwise arranged. Guests are asked to vacate their rooms by 10.00am on the morning of departure.
We are now able to offer Wi-Fi access in the public areas of the Guest House for guests with their own laptops, iPods etc.
Day Trips from the Old Manse
Two miles further, beyond the filling station, on the right, is St Conan's Kirk; built at the beginning of the twentieth century with boulders from the slopes of Ben Cruachan. It is has a very interesting interior, and is well worth a visit.
One and a half miles further on from St Conan's turn onto the A819 (Inveraray). Then one mile further stop at the lay by on the left for the best views of Kilchurn castle. A few miles further turn off A819 on to B480 (Caldich). This road follows Loch Awe on its south side; you will see wonderful views.
At the Ford Hotel turn right, this road follows you through Inverliever
forest. The road rises high above the loch giving beautiful views and
goes through Dalavich village. Continue to follow the loch and take B845
to Taynuilt, a small village with lovely coffee shop (Robins Nest) and
good antique shop.
Oban to Easdale (Isle of Seil)
Carry on down the island; turn right to Easdale. This village is where the slate quarry workers lived. There is now a museum on the village of Easdale (which can be reached by a small ferry from Easdale village). The museum tells the history of slate quarrying on the island.
The craft shop in Easdale should not be missed! Once visited never forgotten! The Seafood restaurant near the jetty for the ferry is highly recommended by previous guests, Mr and Mrs Thomas from Newport, Wales.
Oban to Fort William via Glencoe and Kinlochleven
Places of interest en-route:
Dalmally to Bridge of Orchy
At Junction: Turn left onto A82 to Fort William into Glencoe. From here you will pass through 27 miles of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland - Loch Tulla, Rannoch Moor, and the Blackmount.
Top end of the Glen:
Bottom end of the Glen:
North of the Visitors' Centre about a mile further on, turn right at Glencoe Hotel onto B863 to Kinlochleven. This is an alternative route to crossing the Ballachulish Bridge, as this offers spectacular views over the mountain tops and down onto Loch Leven.
To return to Oban turn right onto the A82 and then follow the scenic coastal road A828 back to Oban. Along the way points of interest are Castle Stalker (built on an island), Barcaldine Castle and the Oban Seal and Marine Centre which is a "must-see" attraction for children and adults alike.
Activities in the Oban Area
Things to see and do outdoors:
Things to do indoors:
Treats and Special Occasions:
The Old Manse itself is set above the main waterfront overlooking Oban bay with panoramic views out across sound of Mull to the island of Mull itself. It is however conveniently located only a few minutes' walk from Oban town centre.
When approaching from the South, head north through Oban's one way system. When ascending the hill which leaves the town turn right at the sign for the swimming pool and then follow the directions as stated above.