Oban is a small Highland town on the west coast of Scotland with a population of just over 8,000 people. The town is situated around a small bay and has views across the Firth of Lorne to the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It maintains a strong connection with Scottish culture and around 10% of residents speak Gaelic, the Highland language. Oban is also known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ as it is the departure point for ferries to the islands of Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Lismore, Kerrera and Islay. These ferries are just one way to access the rich culture, history and natural environment of the area.
These trawler fishing boats are tied up at the town’s south pier. Behind them is part of the esplanade and, up the hill, McCaig’s Tower which was built in 1897. The structure is an Oban landmark despite it being relatively new. A philanthropic banker called John McCaig commissioned the building of this folly to provide work for unemployed local stone masons.