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“A bit of a climb”
Review of McCaig's Tower

McCaig's Tower
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$58.83*
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Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
Ranked #6 of 28 things to do in Oban
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great views from tower and the history behind it was appreciated.
If you are not fit, drive but we managed the walk which would have settled our breakfast.

Thank Kay L
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

It looks as if this is a formidable climb from Oban Town Centre but it is not too bad if you are moderately fit.
It is well worth the effort.
The Tower is interesting in itself and the views over Oban are impressive. It's a good place to visit if you have an hour or so to spare including the walk.
There is a fair sized car park at the Tower but if it is a nice day and you feel like stretching the legs, leave the car in town.

Thank Bill T
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This remarkable stone structure stands atop the hill approaching Oban from the east, and is, though referred to by some locals as McCaig's Folly, a monument to a man's generosity and loyalty to his employees. As related to me, this structure (which has no obvious purpose beyond the use it is currently put to - bounding a beautiful contemplation garden) was built by Mr. McCaig's employees, during the Great Depression. McCaig, having sufferred the economic setbacks of the time, felt an obligation to keep his workers working, despite a diminished call for his product (furniture, if I recall correctly). As a result he put them to work building this series of layers of stone arches, for which work he continued to pay them. Until his own resources were exhausted! That the man would ruin himself financially so his fellows should not (yet, apparently) face ruin themselves, speaks volumes of the man's character. I may be remembering what was told to me inaccurately, and the whole thing may be malarkey, but it's an engaging structure and story. We loved it!

Thank gtennant
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Definitely worth a visit..views are gorgeous! The sunny day helped...but I would even go on a dull day...so peaceful

Thank GailC1976
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Ideal spot for views across the islands and sunset photos! Well signposted attraction with good parking available.

Thank scotlandfan
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