|View of MacCaig's Tower from Oban|
Toward the beginning of our trip to Scotland in July, we stayed in a cottage near Oban. This is one of our favorite places to stay. We had seen McCaig's Tower in the distance on the hill over Oban on previous trips. You can't miss it because it dominates the skyline. One day we walked through town and up the steep hill (Battery Hill) to McCaig's Tower. This is a landmark that's easily seen from almost anywhere in Oban and it resembles a Roman coliseum.
Even though streets lead up to it, we decided to walk instead of drive for a few reasons. We enjoy walking. The streets are narrow, one lane, very steep, and difficult to navigate because many of them are two way, and people park on the street. Also I wasn't sure if there would be parking at the top. Following the signs, we walked along the streets and up a very long set of steps. Once we'd climbed what seemed like a million steps, we came out onto another street. There are streets and homes all over this large hill. They have a great view out over Oban Bay.
|The steps leading up toward the tower.|
|The cliff next to the steps.|
|View of Oban Bay from a seating area off the steps.|
|Beautiful historic homes and gardens.|
|McCaig's Tower from the street below it.|
|Beautiful, unusual flowers.|
|Two way street.|
|Entrance to McCaig's Tower|
|Click to enlarge. View of Oban Bay|
|Boats in the harbor|
The day started out cloudy, but by the time we reached the tower, the sun had come out and it was warm enough for short sleeves.
|I love the very Scottish look of this lovely house.|
|Roses and butterfly bushes.|
|I love this creative house number.|
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