Sorry - I failed to get in touch before you've been and gone from Oban. Or are you still in this neck of the woods? Well, maybe it's a good thing as I might have tried to give you some maps to run on, and you've probably had enough of that for the time being. And at least you got to sample the green shack and Tesco. And probably even had some pretty good weather for the west coast!
We're still here, but off tomorrow morning.
The weather was never bad (just a little rainy one day while we were out on Moine Mhor, which was going to be wet in any event.) Yesterday it was just short of stunning, at least compared to what we are accustomed to in Scotland! And it was quite nice while I was on my up and down Goat Fell--which is the one place where it would have been too bad to run into bad weather.
A real surprise was seeing how hard it would have been to leave any trails to do off-trail running. Though it may have just been random in the sense of the bits we saw and visited. At any rate, the forest around our home base (Ardrishaig) was everywhere impenetrable, and anything that wasn't forested was very deep (grasses, heather, reeds) and boggy. From my travels so far, it looks like the primo area for a running vacation would be the Cairngorms. But perhaps that's not right?
Yes, it does get pretty lush around here in the summer! We usually stop orienteering for a few months until it all dies back a bit, except when the 6-days comes around and the early runners each day can be sent out to tramp it down a bit. But runnability is usually much better further east where it's drier, and higher in the hills can be lovely too. There's some great terrain around Oban though. Did you go down to Tayvallich at all, down a wee road from Moine Mhor? There are some lovely oak woods down there that we've thought about mapping.
I missed the oak woods (we got nowhere near Tayvallich.) Almost everything forested I saw in the area was planted spruce(?), very densely spaced, no thinning, and growing out of very uneven and fairly wet ground. Would have called for heavy use of the greens on a map! But maybe you don't have to go very far inland or too much higher--as your noted suggests--before things open up a bit more, and perhaps the heathers/moors shorten down.
Quite beautiful to look at it, especially from the coast where so many islands and headlands and such are in view. A nice variation from what I have at home--where these is plenty of salt water, but no seas, seaweed, or fresh sea food.