A very useful website on Benderloch:
Places within short distance from Benderloch:
Segway (a twenty minute walk).
Sea Life Sanctuary (a short drive):

Scenic flights from Oban airport (very close to Benderloch) - see Oban, the Inner Hebrides and sea lochs from the comfort of a private plane! Flights from £59 per person.
My favourite place
Easdale Island



While on Easdale you could also take an exciting sea safari http://www.sealife-adventures.com. Check the calendar on their website to see if they are sailing and have places available. If no sailing is scheduled, they will sail for minumum 6 passengers (depending on weather).Quite pricey (£45 per adult) but children/family rates available. Call to enquire.
Exciting stuff to do in Oban:
Oban is known as "the gateway to the islands". There are ferries to Mull, Colonsay, Barra and lots more:
winter 2012 timetables:

Staffa Tours: quite a few of my guests have used this company and been very impressed, in particular by the Fingal's Cave and wildlife tour, which leaves from Oban. It would of course depend a bit on the weather. 

Island of Kerrera: just a short boat ride from Oban, visit this lovely island with a parrot sanctuary and a nice teahouse open March- September
Diving :
http://www.obandive.co.uk/index.html See website for details
Seal colony visits: To find out if boat is running during other days of the winter period (will depend on the weather) call 01631 565 059
Visit the distillery (Oban Whisky, nice!).
Golf : Glencruitten golf club near Oban

There are so many places to visit in the area that it's impossible to list everything - examples are Fort William, Ben Nevis and Glencoe to the north, or Kilmartin Glen and Inverary to the south.
If the weather is kind to you, and you are interested in walking, you could try the Glenfinnan Viaduct circuit (of Harry Potter bridge fame). Just past Fort William, see the directions part of the site for directions from Benderloch:
For some other interesting places see the following links:





Inverary Jail (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day): http://inverarayjail.co.uk/.

NB: Inverary Castle : http://www.inveraray-castle.com/

Eating out

Ben Lora Café (opposite local shop): This wee café has the best scones in the world, and great coffee! Opening hours 10:00-18:00. Closed end October until Easter.

The only restaurant within walking distance is the Hawthorn – turn right at the exit of the estate, cross the road, and turn left over the bridge just past the converted church. The Hawthorn is on the right about 500 metres down. Food is nice, some dishes are a bit pricey, but they have a few basics – I really enjoy their risotto.  Tel: 01631 720 777.

A further 500 metres past the Hawthorn is a caravan site which has a wee fish and chip shop at the entrance. The fish and chips are supposed to be excellent – good reviews on trip adviser (I don’t eat fish and chips so can’t really comment). Opening hours Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 16:30 – 21:00. Closed end October until Easter.

My favourite 'local' is the Creagan Inn – about a 10 minute drive on the way to Fort William (right at the exit of the estate) – there is a large decking part outside which looks on to the Loch Creran, it’s a lovely setting. Really nice food, atmosphere and people! And a free mini bus service if you want a few glasses of wine.


An okay-ish and relatively inexpensive place to eat which is a short drive is the Loch Nell Arms:


There are lots of restaurants in Oban. Here are a few which I would recommend:

EE-USK – Fish restaurant, 01631 565666 – fabulous fish, some quite pricey dishes, some less pricey. No children under the age of 12 aftere 5.45 pm (that's a bit over the top!). Lunch served 12:00-14:30. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.


Piazza – right beside the EE-USK, nice food, reasonably priced Tel: 01631 563 628. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.


The Waterfront – on the Railway Pier beside the train station. I haven’t been there for a while, but loved the food, and it still has a good reputation and gets good reviews. Closed Christmas Day









Seil Island, just across from Easdale Island, is approximately a 40 minute drive from Benderloch, accessed over the unique Bridge over the Atlantic(!).

Easdale Island, one of the Slate Islands of the Inner Hebrides. You can get to Easdale Island on a wee ferry (approximate crossing time 3 minutes)


View from the terrace of the small pub on Seil Island (which sells locally brewed beer).