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McCaig's Tower, Oban

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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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  • I have been to Oban before, and looking up, thought this building was an amphitheatre. Maybe a folly. But this time I looked it up on tripadvisor. It was built to help the unemployed, and in stages. P...  more »
  • We took a cheap taxi up to the Tower. We enjoyed the stroll around the tower, particularly the views.  more »
  • I love a trip to McCaig's Tower when in Oban just the for the amazing views of bonnie Oban bay. There is not much to see in the tower a few nice plants but the viewing platform allows you to take some...  more »
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  • Fantastic views over Oban & the harbour. Well worth the walk or the drive thru tiny, twisty, windy, narrow streets
  • Fabulous fun walks around narrow streets with superb photographic opportunities. Stunning blue sea views of Lismore island lighthouse, Kerrera island boat club, Oban harbour, Oban distillery... just too much to mention. Especially love the scenes of Mull's snow capped mountains!
  • Great views of oban and the sea as well as it's backstory
  • Great view and completely free. Been up in the middle of the night. Due to next to no light pollution, you can see thousands of stars.
  • This site offers fantastic viewing areas of the surrounding areas including the many islands off the coast.

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Where to stay in Oban

Oban's lodging options are scattered around the harbor and surrounding hills. B&Bs and inns in the main city square are convenient for sightseeing. Self-catering apartments and cottages dot the hillsides and offer views over the harbor and town. Visit the website of the town's tourism association to find and book seasonal deals on accommodations.
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