Not all B&Bs are created equal, a fact you are quickly reminded of when you arrive at this beautifully situated grand old house on a hill above the bay in Oban. The warmth of the welcome and spaciousness of the rooms are only exceeded by the stunning nature of the views – right across to Mull and the smaller isle of Kerrera. This former cottage hospital is about as comfortable as could be, with a great location right in the centre of town and just a short walk from the waterfront.
There is a stylishness to the rooms that perhaps you don't expect in a building of this nature, with contemporary furniture, soft, muted tones and modern art, along with flatscreen TVs and DVD players, wi-fi, high-quality bed linen, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and (a nice thought) glasses and a corkscrew so you can enjoy a glass of wine while getting used to those views. There's a sitting room and library downstairs with complimentary whiskey, and the owners Cathy and John cook up a fabulous breakfast in their turreted dining room every morning – not only a superb cooked Full Scottish, and good quality smoked salmon, but also delicious and unusual alternatives as well as vegetarian and vegan options.
As for Oban, it's a busy town with plenty to draw you, from its historic Oban Distillery (01631 572 004) to the bizarre colosseum of McCaig's Tower. Eeusk (01631 565 666) andThe Waterfront Fishouse (01631 563110) are among the best fish and seafood restaurants on the west coast. Oban is the main gateway to the various islands of the Hebrides via CalMac ferries (0800 066 5000).
Five double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
Double rooms from £100-£180 night, including breakfast.
Open all year.
Coming from the cities of the south or Inverness, follow the A85 into Oban and turn left halfway down the hill, just after the King's Knoll Hotel, onto Deanery Brae. At the next junction, go straight across to Dalriach Road, past Atlantis Leisure centre and continue to the end of the road. Greystones is the last house on the right.
By train or ferry, walk north along George Street form the harbour; turn right onto Craigard Road and walk up the hill. Greystones is on the left.
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