This evening,  theme is Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

This grew to prominence in Victorian times when the railway came and brought holiday makers as well providing transport for freight and fish from the busy port.

Oban remains popular today, particularly with visitors on coach tours. There is a good selection of seafront hotels plus a well regarded seafood restaurant.

From my (touring) perspective, I tend to use Oban solely as a stop for for ferry transfers to Mull and other islands . The town can be very busy and I think I can giver my guests better experiences of Scotland elsewhere. Some of the key sites worthy of  a visit include McCaig’s Tower, a whisky distillery and two castles, Dunstaffnage and Dunollie. Relatively close to Oban is the historic Kilmartin Glen, packed full of prehistoric standing stones, burial cairns and rock art.

Here is a view of the town at top of which sits McCaig’s Folly, a 19th century make work project for local stonemasons.

Oban

View of Oban

Main entrance to McCaig’s Folly. the entire building is modelled on the Coliseum in Rome.

View of McCaig's Monument

McCaig's Monument

View of Oban Harbour

View of Oban Harbour

Oban Harbour

Dunollie Castle

View of Dunollie Castle

Dunollie Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle

View of Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle

Elsewhere today I have been busy with tour enquiries and planning:

  • 17 day self-drive tour of British Isles for 2011
  • Islay whisky tour for 2011

Posted information to my Glasgow Ancestry blog on Helmes family history.

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