Updated: Jan 9, 2018
If you are lucky enough to arrive in Oban by sea, then one of the first things to strike you is the presence on the summit of Battery Hill above the town of a large structure that looks like it might have been inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. It was: welcome to McCaig's Tower, a magnificent folly that, but for the death of the man it was named after, might have ended up being even more magnificent, though at the same time looking rather less like the Colosseum.
Within the circumference of the tower is a fine garden, and this is a lovely place in which to pass some time. The garden spills over on the east side of the tower, and carries on down the hillside on this side. McCaig's Tower can be accessed on foot by climbing up from the town below, or by following signs through a maze of hillside roads to a parking area just behind it. The tower can easily be reached on foot from 3 Oban or Elmbank Garden Apartment and is a great place to take selfies.