Oban Harbour

Today was, as predicted, characterised by persistent and heavy rain. Against this background we elected for a quasi indoor visit to which end we focused on Oban Distillery which is located in the coastal town of Oban on the West of Scotland.

From our base in Fort William (Scottish Highlands) we drove south, tracking Loch Linnhe before turning off to visit the village of Glencoe which was site of an infamous massacre in 1692 when Government forces comprised of Clan Campbell men killed about 35 members of the local MacDonald clan. We also called in at Clachaig Inn where there is a sign over Reception indicating Campbells are not welcome.

Campbells not welcome at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Next, we continued south, tracking the coastline for about 1 hour to our destination of Oban but stopping briefly en-route to photograph Castle Stalker.

Castle Stalker viewed in heavy rain

On arrival at Oban we joined the 12.00 noon tour of the distillery from which we learned of the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes. Oban is a very old whisky distillery dating back to the late 18th century which has become hemmed in by other buildings in the town thus restricting physical expansion. Oban now ranks as one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with production of only 650,000 litres per year.  However, the single malt product is well-regarded and none of the output is used for blending.

Oban Distillery, Scotland.

Oban Single Malts.

Tastings at Oban Distillery, Scotland.

Oban Harbour with Ferry approaching.

After completing the tour we benefited from a brief spell of sunshine before the weather closed in again. After a light lunch we visited McCaig’s Tower, a 19th century structure modelled on the Colosseum in Rome which sits atop a hill overlooking the harbour.

View from McCaig’;s Tower over Oban Harbour

Finally, we returned to Fort William, arriving about 5.00 pm and availed later of dinner in a local pub.

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