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Oban

Oban is a famous Scottish West Highland resort, yachting centre, and starting point for picturesque drives in the district of Lorne, notable for its magnificent seascapes and island scenery. Many of the finest excursions can be made by ferry to such well-known places as the islands of Mull, Lismore, lona and Staffa. There are also regular fery sailings to several of the Outer Hebridean islands. Yachting is a great feature of the waters in the vicinity, while during the second week of September is held the annual Argyll Gathering.

The island of Kerrera faces Oban Bay, being linked by passenger ferry, and is separated from the mainland by the Sound of Kerrera. On the south-western shores of the island, in a very striking setting, stands the ruined Gylen Castle. At the opposite end is an obelisk recalling David Hutcheson, who founded the West Highland steamer services. Alexander II died on Kerrera in 1249. Oban itself has a modern Cathedral of granite, built by Sir Giles Scott, and on a hill behind the town is the curious, unfinished structure known as “McCaig’s Folly,” and also an uncompleted hydropathic.

From Pulpit Hill, to the south, the view is remarkable, and
sunsets seen from here can be memorable. On the east side of Oban Bay is the Clach a’ Choin, or, “Dog Stone,” traditionally associated with Fingal’s dog, Bran. Nearby is the ruined McDougall stronghold of Dunollie Castle, 12th or 13th century, overlooking the Firth of Lorne. In the modern mansion of Dunoiie is preserved the Brooch of Lorne, supposed to have been worn by Robert Bruce. Beyond the old Castle lies Ganavan Bay, with its fine, sandy bathing beach.



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