Oban is an attractive coastal town in Argyll in Scotland, 26 miles from Lochgilphead.
The town is situated on a crescent shaped bay, with fine views past the Isle of Kerrera to the hills on the Isle of Mull.
Until the 19th century, Oban was essentially a fishing village, but with the arrival of the railway and the development of steamships it became the focal point of a communications network, including of course for tourism.
Dunollie Castle is a 12th century ruin, and stands on a promontory near the harbour.
McCaig`s Folly is probably the best known building, looming above the harbour on a hill. It was started as a job creation scheme in 1897, as a copy of the Colosseum in Rome, but never completed.
Oban Cathedral (Catholic), properly known as St. Columba`s Roman Catholic Cathedral of Argyll and the Isles, overlooks the sea. The architect was Giles Gilbert Scott.