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We spent a week at the end of July in Oban, which is a port town on the west coast of Scotland.


The journey from Glasgow (where we had stayed the night before) was on the West Highland Line, which has allegedly been voted the ‘most scenic railway line in the world’ on a couple of occasions, and is definitely very pretty. It also takes ages to go not very far, basically because there are quite a lot of mountains in the way. We weren’t in a hurry, so that was okay.

Once in Oban it didn’t take long to find where we were staying, above shops on the main road by the harbour. The flat was in a nice Victorian building and really big (a one-bedroom flat with two lounges, presumably in case the couple staying there really hate each other) and had a good view too.

Either one garage selling brakes, batteries, and bells, or possibly two different garages.
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Doorway to the flats.
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Stairs. The stone steps were nicely worn down in places.
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At night, the main road is lit by a string of coloured lights.

Inside the flat, with shadows from balcony ironwork.
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Ferry in the harbour.
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The road with coloured reflections, Columba Hotel, and a ship moored at the pier.
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We had a little wander around Oban.

Largely green door.
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We walked around town, visited the small (and nice) town museum, and tried out the Oban Chocolate Company tearoom (verdict: positive).

Shaped stone above entrance to flats.
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We took a short walk north of the town to visit Dunollie Castle - the actual castle tower is ruined. but the house lower down the hill is a museum.

View from the Dog Stone (so called because the giant Fingal tied up his dog there).
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Children’s toys in the museum.
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Archway into the area by the tower.
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Ruined wall and view toward the island of Kerrera.
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View out from the basement level of the tower.
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Scaffolding supports.
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Tower and tree.
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Tower and climbing plants.
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Afterward, we walked back into Oban.

Part of the Regent Hotel, an art deco building (with slightly ugly extension up top).
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We climbed the hill to McCaig’s Tower, which is not really a tower. It’s basically a replica of the Colloseum with a park inside, because why not. The story is actually pretty neat – it was built mainly to provide employment for local workers during times when there was not much else going on – and the end result is also a really nice monument.

Some knitted vent posts, halfway up the hill.
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Inside the ‘tower’.
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Another view inside the tower.
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After visiting the tower, we went back down into Oban.

Chimney of Oban whisky distillery.
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Part of the port.
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Being gluttons for punishment, we then climbed the hill at the other side of town to reach the lookout point.

View of station, harbour, and town (McCaig’s tower in upper centre).
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Circular wrought iron bench.
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In the evening we went for a short stroll just after sunset.

Slipway, moorings, and Catholic cathedral in background.
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Moorings, with Kerrera island behind.
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View from flat towards Kerrera and (mountains in the distance) Mull.
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