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Ardbhan

Start point: Clocktower, Station Square, Oban.
Best for:Unique view of Oban, small yet exciting ridge walk.
Terrain: Concrete pavement, road, paths, steps and short grassy section to Pulpit Hill. Muddy faint path on the ridge with very dangerous drops off to the left. Some steep sections.
Toilets: Public toilets at Pulpit Hill
Points of interest:Pulpit Hill, Ardbhan Craigs
Distance: 6.4km
Total ascent: 121m
Allow: 1hr 15mins - 2hrs
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Step 1

From the clocktower pass between Semi-Chem and M&Co and cross the road towards McCaig’s Accommodation. Turn left along the road and then right at the church onto Albany Street. Continue straight along Albany Street for around 500m. Ignore a fork in the road and continue straight on to the left, signposted for Gallanach. At a second fork, take the left fork signposted for Pulpit Hill. Next continue straight on up Haggart’s Brae, signposted “Footpath to Pulpit Hill”, which is a steep path with a handrail.

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Step 2

At the end of the path turn right along the road, again clearly signposted for “Pulpit Viewpoint”. Turn right up a track which bypasses a bend in the road. At the end of the track emerge onto the road and take the steps just after the bus stop on the right, clearly signposted for “Footpath to Pulpit Hill”. The steps emerge onto an open grassy area; head for the standing stone and then to the viewpoint beyond. Take time to enjoy the magnificent views including Mull, the Morvern Hills and Oban Bay below with Ben Cruachan behind on a clear day.

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Step 3

Take the road to the right of the public toilets and continue to a junction. Turn left, and then turn right almost immediately, down Pulpit Drive. Around 100m down this road, take the path to the left signposted "Public Footpath to Kerrera Ferry".

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Step 4

Continue along this old drovers road with some houses on your right, and it soon opens up to feel more rural. Continue on the main path through an open gate (ignoring the gate to the left and a path that leads up hill). You will soon reach a closed gate, pass through this and be sure to close it behind you; there are sheep grazing for most of the year. This next section is always muddy but can be extremely boggy in or after wet weather.

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Step 5

The path soon narrows, and starts to wind down the wee glen, with a fence not far to your right. Ignore a stile in the fence, and cross a plank over a small stream. Again, take the most obvious path closest to the fence on your right, before eventually passing through a kissing gate. The path then leads to the bottom right corner of the field and reaches a closed gate with views of Kerrera.

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Step 6

Pass through the gate and immediately U-turn right, following the path on the other side of the fence you've just followed. Cross another plank, and follow the path as it turns left uphill and onto the ridge. There are sheer drops for the next stage of this walk, and we strongly advise keeping dogs and children close.

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Step 7

Continue along the ridge, keeping to the main path on the top and centre of this small ridge. Soon you will come across a large gully on your left, with a big drop and fine views of Mull behind Kerrera. Turn left after this, with the edge of the cliff a couple of meters to your left, and aim to keep on the top and centre of the ridge once more.

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Step 8

The views open up here and you will have a breathtaking panorama of Oban ahead with the Morvern hills behind and Mull's mountains popping up behind Kerrera. The obvious path continues for around 200m before dropping down slightly. Be sure to keep straight and again aim for the highest point to stay on top of the ridge.

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Step 9

The path drops again to reveal a small but dramatic rock pinnacle to your left. Continue straight and back up before the path heads in to some trees.

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Step 10

You will soon reach a fence; our route goes round to the left of the corner fence post. There are still big drops to be aware of.

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Step 11

The path winds through the trees and soon reaches a corner which has a stile over the fence. Ignore the stile, and instead turn left and downhill. This path zigzags steeply downhill, and can be slippy when wet. At the bottom of the path, you will reach Gallanach Road near Kilbowie. Turn right here and follow the road.

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Step 12

Follow Gallanach Road all the way, passing the sailing club and lifeboat station. Turn left at the ferry terminal to follow the pedestrian route through the terminal and back to the square and our start point at the clock tower.

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