McCaig’s Tower was built in 1897, commissioned by local banker John Stuart McCaig, as a way of providing work to local stonemasons and creating a monument to the McCaig family. You will find well-maintained gardens inside the tower and its location atop a hill above the town means there a spectacular views over Oban Bay.
Just over three miles north from Oban is Dunstaffnage Castle, built by the MacDougal Clan around 1220 on a huge rock above the Firth of Lorn. Since 1470, it has been in the possession of the Campbell Clan, the most powerful family in the area. Today, it is partially ruined but is considered one of Scotland’s oldest castles. It is open to the public, with the exception of the 16th century gatehouse, which is private property.
A short drive from the castle are the Falls of Lora, a tidal race at the mouth of Loch Etive. Loch Etive is an Atlantic fjord which means it has a slightly different tidal regime to the open ocean so at times water rushes in or out the loch at breakneck speed. Watching this spectacular force of nature against the backdrop of verdant scenery is a unique Highland scenery.
For lovers of the outdoors, Oban is considered to be one of Scotland’s best sea kayaking destinations. The waters around Oban offer both sheltered shores and wild rapids which means beginner and expert kayakers can enjoy an adventurous experience. The great thing about kayaking around Oban is the chance to see some incredible wildlife including otters, whales, seals, basking sharks and sea eagles.
Of course, Oban is known for being one of the best points to access the Inner Hebrides. The port is the key mainland ferry terminal for ferry crossings to Mull, Kerrera, Lismore and Iona. If you’re interested in visiting Oban, please take a look at our Prehistoric Britain tour, which spends two nights in Oban. On our Tracing 5000 Years of Scottish History tour, we spend two nights in Oban and use it as a base to visit the Isle of Mull. On the History of the Jacobites tour we visit Dunstaffnage Castle and stay overnight in Oban.
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Updated August 2021.