McCaig’s Tower

This architectural folly, designed by eccentric Victorian millionaire John Stuart McCaig, after whom it is named, is now considered the crowning glory of the Wee Bay.



The so-called “tower” was built at the turn of the 20th century by a Lismore boy turned self made millionaire, who designed a monument high on Oban’s Battery Hill meant to rival the Coliseum in Rome, and perhaps was to include a central tower, ostensibly to employ masons during the winter months. But when he died, construction stopped, leaving only the shell you see today. For decades nature reclaimed the monument, but residents have claimed it back, transforming the spot into a peaceful garden with a platform where you can take in the best view in town. Watch the sun set over the islands, and be sure to bring your camera.




Visit McCaig's Tower with our historian and certified STGA Oban Walking Tour guide, Michelle. Hear the story behind it and get the best view in Oban. If you don't fancy the walk, visit on a driving private day tour with us- either way, get in touch today to book a walking or private day tour with Imagine Alba!

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