Local Area

local area

discover a whole new world…

There is a world of adventure and excitement on the doorstep of Brander Lodge, just waiting for you to enjoy. Why not try out some of the following and more besides?


Walking & Climbing

The area around Brander Lodge is renowned for its spectacular scenery and walks. There are marked trails and climbs both locally and within short drives from the hotel. Ben Cruachan (Mountain of the Peaks) is aptly named and is the highest point in Argyll and Bute. This fine circular route takes in the two Munros of Ben Cruachan (1126m) and Stob Daimh (998m), linked by a high ridge, the latter Munro is the main peak of the Dalmally horseshoe. Ben Cruachan is one of the best-known mountains in Scotland and certainly one of the finest, with soaring ridges, dramatic cliffs and breathtaking views.


Cycling & Mountain Biking

The Scottish Highlands are a MTB’ers dream – enjoy routes through the forests, by the rivers and lochs nearby. Trails are set out by grade, and we can advise on many of the options on your doorstep or further afield.


Fishing on the River AWE

The river Awe is recognised as one of the best Salmon and Trout rivers in Scotland, with an impressive catch record.

Nearby, at Loch Awe & sea Loch Etive, there is a variety of fishing, including trout, perch and pike, along with salmon and various other catches.

Oban Distillery Tours

At nearby Oban, enjoy many of the distillery tours on offer, and sample some of the country’s finest malts.

Details of tours can be obtained from us and we can assist in booking these for you in advance.

Gateway to the Islands

Oban is the gateway to the Western Isles and the Hebridean Isles rich in heritage and tranquillity. The Brander Lodge is just 20 minutes drive from the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Terminal where the choice of day trips and longer cruises are numerous and we can assist in advising on these.

ben cruachan

Ben Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain

Cruachan Power Station an underworld on a spectacular scale – a hollow mountain and a place like no other. Buried almost 1km below the ground a massive cavern, as high as the tower of London, houses enormous turbines converting water into electricity. This is a fantastic attraction and we at the Brander Lodge can assist book you on the trip into the heart of the mountain.

Inverawe smokery

This renowned smokery is well worth experiencing – a visit here can also include fly-fishing, walks and trails.


See the following websites for a wide variety of fishing trips: www.skatefishing.co.uk | www.obandive.co.uk | www.tsmvgannet.co.uk/scenic.htm | www.obanfishing.co.uk

Corachie Clematis Garden Center

Situated beside the Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro this well stock garden center offers an extensive range of potted plants, bedding plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture and ornaments and has a well stocked shop for tools, bulbs, seeds, etc. In fact, they have everything the discerning gardener should require and Douglas and his team specialise in a huge range of Clematis, some of which can be seen establishing themselves in our own garden. There is also a well equipped children’s play area and currently being created, an attractive walk down through the pine woods to the edge of the beautiful river Awe, where picnics can be partaken.

Click here for more info: Corachie Clematis Garden Center


Taynuilt Golf Club is a challenge friendly 9-hole parkland course surrounded by majestic scenery with Ben Cruachan for a backdrop and view up Loch Etive.
There are also courses at Dalmally and Glencruiten