SCOTLAND - PAGE 1, OBAN (5-19/06/04)

It has been pretty quiet on Boots and Paws recently, the reason for this as some of you have guessed, is I have been away for the past couple of weeks on holiday, staying just to the south of Oban, on the west coast of Scotland. There are lots of photos to see, starting with this page featuring images of Oban. To see a map of where Oban is located click here.

To see the other pages from our visit click on these links. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7.

Photo on the left above shows the view from Pulpit Hill looking down over Oban. Towards the top right of this image you can see McCaig's Tower as shown in the centre and right photos. The tower was built by local banker John Stuart McCaig from 1897 to 1900 as a memorial to his family and to provide work for unemployed stonemasons in the area.
All three photos above are taken from McCaig's Tower looking across Oban and the Island of Kerrera that shelters Oban. In the photo to the right above you can see rain falling over Mull in the distance. Oban is known as the 'Gateway to the Isles', it is a busy port with ferries running from here to many of the islands off the west coast of Scotland. The ferry shown in the photo to the left above, the MV Isle of Mull links Oban with Mull, departing every couple of hours during the day from Oban.
As well as the larger car ferries that run from Oban there are a number of smaller boats based at Oban that take tourists on trips to see wildlife, including Seals and Puffins. It is a busy base for fishing boats and is regularly visited by tall ships and cruise ships.


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