Oban (meaning ‘little bay’ in Gaelic) is a small harbor town on the west coast of Scotland, famous for its whiskey distillery. The town occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn, and is a perfect place to find shelter from the Atlantic. Walking around town is a pleasure, and close by you’ll find mountains, castles, dramatic coastal scenery, and McCaig’s tower that resembles the Colosseum. In the first week of August, the town plays host to West Highland week, a yearly sailing regatta.
Saint Kilda is an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland that boasts the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom and is a famed breeding ground for many bird species. One of the islands hosts a colony of feral sheep. You’ll likely not find many people here – the last 30 inhabitants of the islands were relocated to the UK in 1930, fed up with their isolation and the harsh living conditions. Abandoned buildings and ruins (some of them prehistoric) are all that remains.