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Chicken Run & Squirrel Walk

Start point: Clocktower, Station Square, Oban.
Best for:A quicker walk
Terrain: Concrete pavement, road, paths and a few of steps. Clear, fairly even paths. Some moderately steep sections.
Toilets: None
Distance: 3.5km
Total ascent: 86m
Allow: 40 minutes - 1 hour 20 minutes
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Step 1

From the clock tower cross the road towards the bank then go right along the road towards the roundabout. Cross the road over the island toward the Royal Hotel. Continue along Argyll Square crossing over two roads and keep following the main road as it curves slightly to the right. Soon you will reach a church; take the road to the left of the church. Follow this road then take the first left up Polvinister Road.


Step 2

Stay on Polvinister Road as it makes a sharp right and then left turn. There is a fork in the road, keep straight on along the left fork which narrows to a single track. Again there is a fork; take the left hand fork which has a sign stating “Private Road”.


Step 3

The road terminates at some private driveways; take the path straight ahead beneath a wooden structure.


Step 4

Follow this path, passing through a set of gates and across the road to continue on the path. At the end of the path, take the steps down onto the road and turn right along this (Longsdale Road).


Step 5

Take the first left down Laurel Road. When the road turns sharply to the left, take the right turn onto Benvoullin Gardens which heads gradually uphill into a wooded area. Shortly after, take the path on the far right which is signposted “Path To Town” and then “Red Squirrel Path”.


Step 6

Stay on this until it ends at a driveway; go straight on to meet the road and follow this as it heads downhill to the left. At the junction, turn left and then immediately right to head downhill towards the coast. When the road takes a sharp right, turn left and then immediately right down Albert Road. At the end of the road turn left along the main street. Use one of the sets of islands to cross towards the seafront. Keeping the sea on your right hand side, follow the pavement back to the clocktower.