This is a tidal race which forms as the tide empties out of/into Loch Etive. I believe it's one of only two in the world which "reverse" themselves.
My photos don't do it justice - have a look at the images on the website to get a better idea. Spectacular.
This structure dominates the town's skyline. It was built last century by a local businessman as a memorial to himself.
It sits on a hill just inland from the harbour. Quite a steep walk to get there, but worth it for the views.
It's located a couple of miles north of town on the A85.
It dates back to 1220, or so. A stronghold of the McDougall clan.
Now a ruin, but worth the visit anyway.
A lovely location.
Cost £4.50 for an adult. For an older adult (like me), the cost was £3.60.
The website gives much more detail, and I'm not going to copy, paraphrase or re-write.
We enjoyed it.
This was an awesome day out for all my family who had such an amazing time.
The staff were all brilliant and really made our day.
We got there at 10am when it opened and we were still there at 4pm. There was different talks and feeds on throughout the day including the feeding time for their 2 seals Brendan and Lora. Brendan was so playful and so funny we were in hysterics when the seagulls kept stealing his food away from him.
There was so much more than we thought there was going to be. We thought it was just going to be seals, but there were seals, otters and a massive aquarium with everything from sharks to seahorses and a chance for the kids to get touchy feely and hold some of the creatures.
We also really enjoyed the coffee shop and having the chance to sit down and have one of their famous 'crabbucinos' whilst the kids went off into the forest play park.
We bought our tickets on their website in advnace and that saved us money on the door price, but value for money it was excellent and would definitely go back again!!! Thank you everyone on the day and the big mascot seal selkie ;0)
McCaig's Tower is on Battery Hill overlooking Oban. It is a steep walk up the hill and takes 20–30 minutes, or you may take a taxi from the train station. The tower was being built by wealthy banker John Stuart McCaig between 1897 and 1902, based on the architecture of the Colosseum in Rome. However, he died when only the outer walls were completed and it was never finished. From the tower, you can see the whole harbor, the Isle of Mull, the Isle of Kerrera and down the Firth of Lorn.
We only passed through Oban to go to Glencoe. If you like seaside towns this is for you. If I am in this area again might check it out!
See my transport tips for ferries from Oban uc new photos & soon some text on our return to Oban
This construction is very similar to The Colosseum of Rome (Italy), and was built on a hill overlooking Oban bay; fantastic views from there (see next tip). It was a dream of philanthropic banker John Stuart McCaig.
The hill above Oban is dominated by a small replica of the Roman Colyseum. The walk up the hill to visit this monument built to fight against unemployment at the end of the 19th century is a pleasant moment on a lovely day. The tower (or Folly) is free and is located in a sort of a garden. Apart from the architectural curiosity, you have to climb up there to enjoy the view on the islands.
Walking on the waterfront on a beautiful day is a must, as you can enjoy the view on all the Isles, close or far away.
You can walk up to St Columba's Cathedral. It is a beautiful neo-gothic building, very square, very tall and - though catholic - very sober inside.
The main interest is the painting of St Columba hung on top of the door. It represents the saint being chased out of Ireland and put into a boat...pre-raphaelite style.
You're then ready to go back to town and climb the hill to McCaig's Folly.
On a fair evening , it is definitely worth taking an hour or so just to walk along the Esplanade and watch the world go by.
There are some beautiful sunsets from Oban Bay looking out over Kererra, and down the sound of Mull. As the sun goes down and turns the sky pink and orange, you will see gulls bathing, and swans swimming, and sometimes even little turnstones flipping pebbles. The slow pace of the wildlife, combined with the fresh sea air leaves you with a feeling of tranquility.
A hop over to Isle of Iona passing lovely shorelines to arrive in Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Then, we took a coach from Craignure to Fionnphort pier. Along the way, we enjoyed beautiful views like majestic mountains, villages with picturesque cottages, green land everywhere….
Dunstaffnage Castle is located 5 miles north of Oban and was the original Kingdom of the Scots. Built upon an immense rock , the shape of the wall was altered to accommodate the odd shape.
The castle was a MacDougall fortress until 1309 when Robert the Bruce seized it in the name of the crown and appointed the Campbell clan as its innate keepers. The castle is now looked after by Historic Scotland who is responsible for more than 30 historic properties. There is said that there is a ghost that haunts the castle wearing in a green dress.
On Pulpit Hill overlooking the bay is McCaig’s Tower (also known as McCaigs Folly), a replica of Rome’s Coliseum.
The tower was built between 1897 and 1900 as a monument to the McCaig family. It was also built in an endeavour to provide employment for the men of the town. There is a short steep walk to the tower but the views over Oban and the bay are worth it. It wasn’t a really clear day when we were there but apparently you can see over to Mull when it is.
My first encounters of a ruin in Scotland. It was founded in 1203 by Reginald MacDonald of Islay, Lord of the Isles. It has been ruinous for nearly three hundred years and the peace enjoyed by the nuns could still be appreciated in the lovely gardens of the cloister. There was also a Nunnery Museum situated in St Ronan’s Chapel, just to the north of the ruined church. The Chapel has been re-routed to house many interesting carved stones that were formerly scattered about the surrounding area.
One of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. After having enjoyed over 200 years of tranquility, Iona was raided by Norsemen and all the religious buildings were later broken up. The abbey and monastic buildings were restored in 1938. In the burial ground, lies the remains of over 60 Scottish, Irish and Norse Kings.