1902 McCaig's Tower. Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe.
McCaig's Tower rises prominently on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe. It is built of Bonawe granite with a circumference of 200 meters with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches. The structure was commissioned by the wealthy, philanthropic banker (North of Scotland Bank), John Stuart McCaig, his own architect. The tower was built between 1897 and his death in 1902, intended as a lasting monument to McCaig's family and as employment for local stonemasons during winter. As an admirer of Roman and Greek architecture, McCaig had planned for an elaborate structure based on the Colosseum in Rome, but only the outer walls were completed. Oban is an important tourism hub and Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) ferry port, protected by the island of Kerrera and Isle of Mull, in the Firth of Lorn.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download