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McCaig's Tower

See the views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands from the platform of Oban’s most unusual landmark.

McCaig’s Tower is Oban’s most prominent landmark and was built to resemble Rome’s Colosseum. This structure, construction of which stopped in 1902, has since been transformed into a walled garden. Make the steep uphill climb to visit this odd tower. Stroll through its pretty gardens and take in the views over town and across Oban Bay.

The tower was built beginning in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig. McCaig’s intention was to provide work for unemployed stonemasons during the off-season, as well as to create a permanent monument to his family. Work progressed slowly, mainly taking place in the winter months when the stonemasons were out of work, and McCaig died before the tower was completed. Look for an inscription above the entrance, the only tribute to McCaig ultimately be included in the tower. It reads: "Erected in 1900 by John Stuart McCaig, art critic and philosophical essayist and banker, Oban."

The tower is composed of stone extracted from the quarries at Bonawe, on Loch Etive. Walk around the building’s circumference. Notice the two rings of lancet arched openings, set one above the other. McCaig’s will requested that these windows be decorated with bronze statues of his family, but this wish was never fulfilled. The wall height varies slightly around the building to accommodate the slope of the hilltop on which it’s constructed.

Head through the small doorway on the west side of the tower to access its concrete viewing platform. The platform offers striking views over Oban, as well as Kerrera, Mull and the Firth of Lorn.

Spend some time relaxing in the beautiful gardens set within the tower and continue to admire the sea vistas through the tower’s arched windows. Follow these gardens out the east side of the tower, where they spread down the hillside.

McCaig's Tower can be reached by making a steep climb up a flight of stairs from Argyll Street in Oban. It can also be accessed by car by following the signs leading through a series of hillside roads. The tower is open 24 hours a day and admission is free. Don’t miss the gorgeous panoramas offered by this distinctive landmark.


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The Ranald Hotel £70
The Ranald Hotel

The Ranald Hotel

41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    The Scot £86
    The Scot

    The Scot

    2 George St, Oban, Scotland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      Perle Oban Hotel £119
      Perle Oban Hotel

      Perle Oban Hotel

      Station Square, Oban, Scotland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        The Royal Hotel £96
        The Royal Hotel

        The Royal Hotel

        Argyll Square, Oban, Scotland
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Oban, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and Oban Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 1-minute walk.

          The Whisky Vaults Hotel £99
          The Whisky Vaults Hotel

          The Whisky Vaults Hotel

          3 Tweedale St, Oban, Scotland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and McCaig's Tower are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 4-minute walk.

            The Ranald Apartments £95
            The Ranald Apartments

            The Ranald Apartments

            41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Oban, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              Oban Bay Hotel £102
              Oban Bay Hotel

              Oban Bay Hotel

              Corran Esplanade, Oban, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Oban War and Peace Museum and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Loch Linnhe. St. John's Cathedral and Oban Distillery are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Claredon Hotel £60
                Claredon Hotel

                Claredon Hotel

                1 Shore Road, Oban, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Oban, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and Oban Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 1-minute walk.