• Iona

Oban, Mull & Iona

Oban is a basket of Scottish traditions, with a famous distillery, winding promenade lined by gravel beaches, ice-cream stands, fish-and-chip joints, and a surprising diversity of good restaurants. Just a hop, skip, and jump away is a handy pair of wind-bitten Hebrides islands: Mull — Scotland's second-largest island, with steep, fog-covered hillsides topped by cairns and ancient stone circles — and pristine little Iona, where buoyant clouds float over its Benedictine abbey, deep-blue water, distant-green bluffs, and sparkling-white crescents of sand.