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is a large town and port in Argyll, opposite to the Island of
Mull. It developed in the 19th century with the establishment
of steamer services to the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the
advent of the railways, becoming a very popular summer resort,
with impressive mid to late 19th century hotels. The incomplete,
Colosseum like McCaig’s Tower above the town, known as
McCaig’s folly, was begun in 1897 as a project to help
the unemployed and celebrate the family of John Stewart McCaig,
banker. The finest individual building is the Roman Catholic
Cathedral of St Columba on Corran Esplanade, built 1932 to 1953
to designs by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. St John's Cathedral is situated in George Street, the main street, at the corner of William Street, and is the first church on the right on entering Oban from Connel. The Argyllshire Gathering
is held here annually in late summer.
Caledonian Classic Hotel. Rising from the waters edge, the
historic Caledonian Hotel has commanding views over the sheltered
bay of Oban to the hills and islands of Scotland's magnificent
west coast. A travellers' rest for centuries, the hotel has
undergone an extensive refurbishment and now offers stylish,
contemporary comfort and service. Ideally situated for exploring
the town, surrounding area and Islands the hotel has an elegant
Harbourside Restaurant and the informal Café Caledonian
whilst all the bedrooms are comfortable and well appointed. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Queens Hotel is a former Victorian Villa situated on the
Esplanade in Oban with wonderful views across Oban Bay. The
hotel is within pleasant walking distance of Oban town centre
and many interesting shops and attractions. An intimate and
friendly hotel, the Queens is the perfect location for a relaxing
break in Oban and to enjoy a high standard for accommodation
and cuisine, take a day trip from Oban to Mull, Iona, Glencoe
and Inveraray with its castle and jail! Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Bay Hotel. Delightfully situated on the Esplanade in Oban
with magnificent views across the Firth of Lorne to the hills
of Lorne. The Oban Bay has a unique feel with its welcoming
foyer and bar combined with the full-length sun lounge with
spectacular views across the bay. The hotel has an excellent
reputation for food, utilising local produce, especially seafood.
Guests can choose from a four-course table d’hote menu
or a la carte. Oban is a superb location for exploring islands
off the west coast of Scotland including Iona and Mull. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Hotel. Centrally located on the Esplanade in Oban, the Regent
hotel comprises two distinct styles of architecture. The original
building is Victorian and the modern extension, built in the
1930’s, is Art deco in style and now listed as a classic
example. The restaurant offers a choice of table d’hote
or a la carte menus both of which utilise the best of local
produce. Many of the rooms offer magnificent views across Oban
Bay. The hotel is close to the pier and convenient for taking
the ferry to Mull and Iona. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Old Oban, Scotland. In the nineteenth century Oban became the transport hub of the Highlands, making it an incredibly easy place to get to for tourists wishing to reach the islands and enjoy the famed scenery of this part of the world. Over a century later, it remains one of most popular Highland destinations. Landmarks such as the McCaig tower and Oban Distillery, plus steam locomotives and the old canopied station, feature alongside a bustling George Street and esplanade. Steamers in the bay, armies of herring gutters on the quay and a photograph of the Oban Hotel on fire add up to a wide-ranging selection of pictures covering the town. Carding Mill Bay, Soroba and Connel Bridge are also featured. Old Oban.
Oban and the Land of Lorn. This book covers a wide area and is split into three sections. Part one, Inverary to Port Appin, includes Dalmally, Stronmilichan, Lochawe, Taynuilt, Bonawe and the Lorn Furnace, the nearby granite quarries, Ardchattan Priory, Benderloch, Ledaig, Lochnell Castle, Eriska, Barcaldine Castle, Creagan Bridge, Tynribbie, Castle Stalker, Port Appin and a glimpse of Lismore. Part two is entitled 'Oban - Glen Nant - Ford' and features a wide range of pictures of the town of Oban and its maritime and commercial activities - sheep arriving on the quayside en route to market, the partly submerged hulk of PS Grenadier alongside the North Pier, and Henry Scrivens' famous photography studio, the full story of Scrivens' life and work in Oban is told at the beginning of the book. Dunollie Castle, Ganavan Sands, Dunstaffnage, Connel, Achnacloich, Tailor's Leap, Taychreggan, Portsonachan and Ford also feature. Section three is entitled Oban to Dunadd and begins with pictures of Oban's South Pier and Lighthouse Pier, before continuing southwards to the Slate Islands of Kerrera, Seil, Easdale and Luing. Mainland locations on the road to Melfort are also included. This book is much more than just a collection of pictures of Lorn locations, the area's agricultural, industrial and maritime history is covered too, along with transport by road, rail and water, and the story of the establishment of this part of the Highlands as a Victorian tourist Mecca. Oban and the Land of Lorn.
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