Starting at Taynuilt Hotel at the crossroads (003310) you take the Glen Lonan road heading due south. This single, tarred road through beautiful Glen Lonan was a recognized pilgrim route to Iona and there has been evidence of Crosses marking the way. You gradually walk up to a height of 367 (112m) before reaching Barguilean Farm (980288) .
Taynuilt to Barguilean 2.5 miles, 4 km approx 1hr 10mins
From there the road more or less levels out. Most of the time, there is very little traffic on this road thereby allowing a wonderful quiet and peaceful walk, however it is always worth keeping an eye out for fast vehicles especially on blind summits and bends on the road.
At Glenamacrie farm, a further 4.5 miles (7.2km) there is a knoll on the north side of the road called Tom na Croise (the hill of the Cross) (923287) and this cross is marked as standing on earlier maps. A mile further on you come on a very impressive standing stone and stone circle (907289), dating back to the Bronze Age, close to the road on your right.
Barguilean Farm to the Standing Stone 5.5 miles, 8.85km, approx 1hr 50mins)
After a further 1.5 miles (2.4km) you turn right at the junction (890292) on the Connel road which you follow for 5 minutes before turning left up to Glencruitten House (879296) at 348 alt. (106m). From here you drop down into Oban a further 2 miles (3.2km) where there is an abundance of accommodation plus a Youth Hostel.
This exciting and exhilarating ferry crossing to Mull only takes 45 minutes and there are several sailings each day which you can check on www.calmac.co.uk
St Conan's Pilgrim Way