Entrance to McCaig’s Tower.

This evening, I am posting information on McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished monument which sits atop Battery Hill and overlooks Oban Harbour in Argyll, West of Scotland.

Summary information as follows:

  • Financed and designed by John Stuart McCaig, a wealthy, late 19th century banker.
  • Modelled on Colosseum in Rome.
  • Circumference 200 metres which includes 94 arches.
  • Purpose was twofold: Provide work for under employed stonemasons and create a memorial to McCaig and his family.
  • Constructed of granite.
  • Building work undertaken 1897-1902 but halted upon death of McCaig.

The Tower offers an excellent platform for views over Oban Harbour. The site can be accessed on foot or by motor vehicle from central Oban.

Entrance to harbour viewpoint from interior of Tower

View of Oban Harbour from McCaig’s Tower.

Interior view of of McCaig’s Tower.

McCaig’s Tower sitting atop Oban waterfront.

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