Oban Harbour, Scotland

This evening, I am providing information on the town of Oban on Scotland’s West Coast.

Summary facts and information:

  • Population of about 8500 and lies ninety-seven miles N.W. of Glasgow.
  • Popular with visitors. It rose to prominence in Victorian times when the railway arrived and brought holiday makers as well as providing transport to markets for freight and fish from the busy port. The railway is still in operation today.
  • Well endowed with hotels and other types of accommodation.
  • Has a well established reputation for seafood.
  • An important ferry port providing important links to nearby Mull (and indirectly Iona) and Barra in the Outer Hebrides.
  • Popular visitor sites  include McCaig’s Tower, a whisky distillery and two castles, Dunstaffnage and Dunollie. About thirty miles south  is the important prehistoric site of  Kilmartin Glen, containing  standing stones, burial cairns and rock art.
  • On a cliff top, known as Battery Hill, overlooking Oban is McCaig’s Tower.This strange, and unfinished edifice, is modelled on the Coliseum in Rome. It was constructed in 1897 by local banker, John Stuart McCaig for the dual purpose of providing a monument to his family and work for unemployed local stonemasons but was never finished due the premature death of J.S.McCaig.

Shellfish kiosk in Oban Harbour

Centre of Oban with Oban Distillery and McCaig’s Monument

McCaig’s Monument atop Oban seafront

Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban, Scotland

View from Oban seafood restaurant

Oban high School Pipe Band performing in Oban

Dunollie Castle, Oban, Scotland

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