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
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.
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