The village of Connel and its counter part of North Connel are just 5 miles north of Oban with Benderloch just a few miles further north. The most striking feature of the villages is Connel Bridge which spans the mouth of Loch Etive at the Falls of Lora where the tide flows vigorously creating rapids and tidal eddies which white water canoeists love, particularly on a spring tide ebb.
The area is known for its beauty as it looks out over the Firth of Lorne to the mountains of Mull and Morvern with the lush greener Island of Lismore before them. The airfield, now known as Oban airport has just been upgraded with small plane services to Glasgow and the Isles.
There is a great walk along the shore side of the airport to Tralee Beach at Benderloch just a couple of miles up the coast and for those that like a circular walk you can return via the old railway line.
The village has a shop and a few hotels. The bridge was built in 1903 as a rail bridge only to link up with Ballachulish and later it was adjusted to allow cars to cross as well. Now this beautiful structure alas does not carry trains at all as the line was closed in the mid 1960s.
The Falls of Laura is a special place for those wanting to experience fast water kayaking or other form of paddling. This of course is a tidal area with the water rushing in or out of Loch Etive every 6 hours and 12 minutes.
A few miles north, is the village of Benderloch, with its famous pink shop and also a seasonal cafe. There is access to Tralee beach from Benderloch and also a really nice short hill walk up Ben Lora for some magnificent views of the area. There are many routes for walking and cycling in this general vicinity and fishing is a popular pastime for visitors as well. See our lochs and fishing pages for details.