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Battleship Hill

Start point: Clocktower, Station Square, Oban.
Best for:Mini hillwalk
Terrain: Concrete pavement, road and paths. Grassy, muddy with unclear paths from the farm gate and beyond. Short and very steep up and down from Battleship Hill, otherwise fairly flat.
Toilets: North Pier
Distance: 5.7km
Total ascent: 172m
Allow: 1hr 10 mins - 2 Hrs
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Step 1

From the clock tower head along the seafront, keeping the sea to your left. Keep following the main road when it turns right in front of the Tourist Information Centre. Continue along the road, again keeping the water to your left. Keep going along the promenade next to the water as it passes the roundabout and then St. Columbus Cathedral. The promenade ends at a war memorial, pass next to this and then cross with care over to a path signposted “Dunollie Museum Castle & Grounds Old Carriageway Footpath”.


Step 2

Take this path and head straight on.


Step 3

Before the track reaches Dunollie Castle, head through the first farm gate on your right.


Step 4

Follow the obvious track up the right hand side of the field and you will see the first view of Battleship Hill, our destination, up ahead. At the top of this track, keep going as it heads to the left. Ignore a signpost for Dunollie Woods.


Step 5

After 20m or so, there is a faint track heading uphill, turn left up this.


Step 6

The path soon becomes more obvious, continue along this heading uphill, ignoring any smaller faint paths off to the sides. For the last 20m or so, there are various very faint grassy paths. Make your way uphill on any of these to the summit.


Step 7

The panoramic views here are stunning on a good day - look out for Ben Cruachan, Isle of Mull, Isle of Lismore, Kerrera and more.


Step 8

Head back the way you came down the grassy paths, through the field. After passing back through the farm gate, turn left back along the Old Carriageway Footpath.


Step 9

When you get to the fork in the path, take the left fork, to stay on what is locally known as The Witches.


Step 10

Follow this footpath as it winds behind houses. Cross over a small stream on a bridge and follow the path as it curves to the right. At the end of the path, cross the road and go straight ahead before turning left at the Scout Group Hut, following signs for “Cathedral Parking”. Walk through the small car park and continue on the footpath until it terminates at the much larger Corran Halls car park.


Step 11

Head to the far right corner of the car park and cross the road at the island. Cross through another car park to its far left corner. Turn right and follow George Street until you can cross over once again to the pavement next to the seafront. Keeping the sea to your right follow this all the way back to the start point.