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Vapor Visuals Abroad: Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland is located in a remote area of the western coastline on the Firth of Lorn, which is protected by Kerrera Island. After a visit to the city in 1814, Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write his famous poem, ‘The Lord of the Isles’. The poem stirred up interest in the area and brought many new visitors to the town. Today the town is supported mainly by tourism, though the area has been populated since the Mesolithic era.

The George Street Vaporized – Oban, Scotland

In the center of Oban, you’ll find our partners, Vaporized, on George Street. Be sure to drop in and stock up on your favorite Mt Baker Vapor e-juice.

McCraig’s Tower overlooks the town of Oban from Battery Hill and was commissioned in 1897 by a local banker, John Stuart McCaig. McCaig was his own architect and designed the tower to look like the Roman Colosseum. He intended for the tower to become a monument to his family. The tower has a museum, art gallery, and statues of his family members inside. Unfortunately, McCaig died of cardiac arrest in 1902 and the tower was never completed. Today the outer walls enclose a small city park that is open to the community.

The Oban Distillery was established in 1794. It is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. The whiskey produced is a cross between the dry, smoky flavor of the Scottish Islands and the lighter, sweet style of the Highland malts.

A small walk-on ferry takes people from Oban to Kerrera Island. The island is known to have been the death place of Alexander the II. The island is also home to the ruined Gylen Castle. Visitors are free to hike around the island and visit the ruins.

Dunstaffnage Castle is a partially ruined castle located at the south-west entrance of Loch Etive. It was built during the 13th century by the MacDougall clan and guards a strategic location on the western border of Scotland. The castle is surrounded by ocean on three sides and is built into a large rock bed.

North of Oban, Scotland

A short drive north of Oban is The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary where visitors can meet Lewis the otter. Over 95 percent of the otters in the United Kingdom are located in Scotland. The sanctuary provides rehabilitation services to otters and seals while also educating the public.

In the past year, the center has been used to successfully rehabilitate over 20 seals. If the seals or otters are unable to be reintroduced into the wild the sanctuary becomes their permanent home.

The Castle Stalker

Just a few miles away from the sea life sanctuary is the Castle Stalker located on a tidal islet on Loch Laich. The name “Stalker” comes from the Gaelic word Stalcaire, which means “falconer” or “hunter”. Castle Stalker is recognizable as the Castle of Aaaargh from the final scene of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

South of Oban, Scotland

To the south of Oban is an area of Scotland that contains over 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius. One of these monuments is the Nether Largie Standing Stones. It is thought to have been constructed as a lunar observatory over 5,000 years ago.

Just a short walk away is the Nether Largie South Cairn. Nether Largie South Cairn is considered one of the oldest monuments in the area. Archaeological digs have uncovered pottery and arrowheads from the Neolithic period.

Next up, I’ll be exploring the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow. Don’t forget to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Stay up to date on everything vape related!

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Vapor Visuals Abroad: Perth, Scotland

Known as the “gateway to the Highlands”, Perth is located in central Scotland along the River Tay. A truly ancient land, the surrounding area is known to have been occupied some 8,000 years ago by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. In more recent history, Perth came to prominence when it was once regarded as the capital of Scotland, due to being the frequent residence of the Scottish royal court and the home of the “stone of destiny,” on which the Scottish kings were crowned. Even after the Scottish royalty were long gone, Perth’s trade relationships with mainland Europe helped it become one of the richest burghs in the country. Today it is home to over 47,000 residents.

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Vapor Visuals Abroad: Inverness, Scotland

Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness was established no later than the 6th century and has been the site of many important events in Scottish history. The area was once ruled by the Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich (MacBeth) and has been occupied by the Celts, Picts, Gaels, Romans, and Vikings throughout history.

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Vapor Visuals Abroad: St Austell, England

Continuing my tour through Cornwall, I venture north to St Austell where our partners, Vaporized, have another conveniently located shop on South Street. With so many vape friendly activities in the area, you’ll want to stock up on your favorite MBV e-juice before heading out. The first stop of my tour is the Menacuddle Well on the outskirts of St Austell.

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Vapor Visuals Abroad – St Andrews, Scotland

Welcome back vape fans! Today we will be exploring St Andrews, located on the east coast of Scotland. Previously known as Muckross, the earliest records of the area show that it was founded as a religious settlement in 370 ACE. After changing names several times, the town became known as it is today due to its claim as the burial site for several of the bones of the apostle Andrew. Today, St. Andrews is less known as a religious site and more well known for its historical contributions to the game of golf.

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