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Take the train, bus or ferry, get on your bike or walk

"how about taking your bike on the ferry?"

If you are sat at home surfing the net it might be the best opportunity to plan a holiday that is better for the environment.

How about getting the train to the Alps instead of flying, how about taking your bike on the ferry to Europe (we did that last year and I will have to write about it sometime) or of course check out how easy it is to have an eco-holiday in Argyll.

Travelling by train can make for a more relaxing start to a holiday and even become part of the holiday itself. There are some spectacular rail journeys, but the West Highland Line is probably the best!

With a bit of planning you can take your bike on the train and it is easy to get them onto the ferries. This year ScotRail are launching new bike carriages on the west highland line to make sure more people can take their bike on holiday with them. You could try cycle touring, if you are brave and do not mind the weight you could camp and if you want a light-weight option just book into hotels and B&Bs. If you think you might struggle, try an e-bike which are becoming all the rage now giving you help up the hills.

Oban is lucky to have the Sustrans Route 78, The Caledonian Way, passing right through the town and to the north of Oban from Connel there is a long section of off-road cycle pathway right by the sea.

If cycling is not your thing then consider a walking holiday in the West Highlands. There are so many walking routes to choose from ranging from short routes round Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves to the high hills including Munro’s such as Ben Cruachan and Ben More or Corbett’s like Creach Bheinn and Fraochaidh both in Glen Creran just north of Oban.

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Daniel MacIntyre

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Daniel is an experienced business development consultant, digital marketing manager and director of The View, Oban’s live music venue and bar.

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