4 Historic Places to See in Oban

When you come to stay in Scotland, you come for our historic sites and breath-taking scenery. Although our view of Loch Creran and the Glen Coe mountains is reason enough to come and stay, we know a few more things you should see when you come to Oban.

McCaig’s Tower

McCaig's Tower
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Or, as we also know it, McCaig’s Folly. This century-old structure on Battery Hill is a great place to look out over Oban Bay and take it all in at once. A little bit of a climb, but it’s worth it!

Inspired by the Roman Colosseum, the tower was built in 1897 by John Stuart McCaig (using local stone from Loch Etive) as a monument to his family and to bring work for the local community, before his death in 1902.

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
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Dating back to the 15th century, the ruins of Dunollie Castle lie on the outskirts of Oban, with plenty to offer. Besides delightful waterside views, the seat of Clan MacDougall also features the 1745 House Museum, with artefacts relating to the clan and the local community over the years.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle
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Stood at the mouth of Loch Etive, just a few miles north of Oban, Dunstaffnage Castle dates back to the 13th century and once served as the formidable stronghold of Clan MacDougall.

With an impressive curtain wall, a strategic battle position, and its 13th-century chapel, Dunstaffnage offers a beautiful piece of history for you to see.

Ardchattan Priory Gardens

Ardchattan Priory Gardens
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Just across Loch Etive, sitting on the northern bank, the Ardchattan Priory Gardens has over 200 varieties of shrubs, including several fine species of roses.

Sir Duncan MacDougall founded the priory in 1230 for the monks of the Valliscaulian order. Later, in the 16th century, it became the home of Clan Campbell and has remained so ever since.

We hope you get to see some incredible sights during your next trip to Oban. And don’t forget to check out our favourite places to eat while you’re here. When you’re done seeing the sights of Oban, find out what else you can do in Argyll.