2013 Summer (Baltic and Britain – Scotland – June 30 – Day 7)

We were lazy and didn’t leave the B & B in Oban until 11 am, but that didn’t matter because we were staying there again that night.   The  day  was  spent  wandering  around  Oban. As we walked around the town we quickly noticed the large coliseum-like structure on the hill so we went to check it out. McCraig’s Tower was funded by Oban local, John Stuart McCraig, an art critic. philosophical essayist, and philanthropic banker.  The wealthy man designed the tower himself in 1897 to be a lasting memorial to his family and to provide work for local stonemasons in the winter months.  There are 94 lancet arches with a circumference of 200 meters (650′).  McCraig had plans to build an inner tower that would be an art gallery and museum, however when he died of cardiac arrest in 1902 the project came to a halt and only the outer wall was ever completed.

The view of Oban from the top of Battery Hill was very nice. About ten miles south of Oban is Arduaine Garden (pronounced Ar doo A nee). The garden is located right on the coast, so from the forest walk you could see some of the small islands in Melfort Loch; which opens into the Firth of Lorn separating the mainland from the Isle of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula.Because we were spending the night in Oban we had a quieter day. We finished our tour of the gardens about four and drove back to Oban for dinner and an early night.

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