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McCaig's Tower, Oban
(4.3/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
Designed and commissioned by the same man, John Stuart McCaig, McCaig's Tower is a monument to the McCaig family that was built by local stonemasons. The original plans included a museum, gallery, and a series of sculptures of the McCaig family. However, McCaig passed away with only the outer walls completed. These walls still overlook the water and islands with landscaped gardens in the center. The walls sit like a crown above the city, and you'll find photo-worthy views of them from the town center. Plan to visit McCaig's Tower and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Oban attractions using our Oban vacation trip planner.
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  • Built to provide occupation during slumps, it is a folly reachable by walking up the hill and well iluminated at night, with a good view. 
  • Dominating the town of Oban, this Coliseum is to visit because it offers a view of the imprenanable of the city and the Islands in front. Inside this tower, it is a public garden. Access is free, and you can get there day and night (with flashlight). It's quite small but very nice and you can sit, if time permits to read a book or just enjoy the view.
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  • McCaigs Tower is at the top of hill but is worth it. The history of this is interesting and the views are spectacular 
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  • Well worth the walk up to McCaig's tower for stunning views of Oban and the surrounding islands. A lovely small park in the centre. Highly recommend a visit and learn about the history behind it's creation.
  • Pretty cool attraction, although I feel sorry for the poor council who got lumbered with the cost of maintenance. Designed as a make-work scheme during a period of high unemployment, it's very impressive from up close.
  • McCaig's Tower is on the very top of a hill, so you see the town and ocean from above. There are many small signs leading towards it, and the hike is tiring (if you're not used to walking up steep hills) but it looked very beautiful and I had a lot of fun looking at the stonework and taking pictures.
  • A fantastic viewpoint overlooking Oban harbour looking outwards towards Mull.. A good walk up the hill to reach it but we'll worth the 10 minute walk
  • Beautiful view to the bay. The tower itself is a never finished project, just walls, but worths the few minutes walk from the town center. Best place to sit down and eat your sandwich while watching the beautiful panorama.