NM8630 : Entrance to McCaig's Folly

taken 7 years ago, near to Oban, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Entrance to McCaig's Folly
Entrance to McCaig's Folly
Erected in 1900 by John Stuart McCaig - it gives a great view over Oban (and can sometimes look almost Gothic!)

The "folly" is a Category B listed building.
Listed Buildings - Oban :: NM8529
A sleeping fishing village until the coming of steamships and the railway, Oban developed rapidly in the late 19th Century. Although much has been lost in recent years, and some historic buildings remain under threat, Oban can still boast a significant number of Category A, B and C listed buildings.
This Shared Description is intended to cover current, future and demolished listed structures.
A general history of the town can be found at the Oban Information web site: LinkExternal link
A list of Oban’s listed buildings can be found at British Listed Buildings under “Listed Buildings in Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland” at: LinkExternal link
An explanation of listed building categories in Scotland may be found: LinkExternal link
McCaig's Tower, Oban
McCaig's Tower, sometimes referred to as McCaig's Folly or McCaig's Monument, is a prominent landmark on the hillside (called Battery Hill) overlooking Oban. Built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive, it has a circumference of about 200 metres with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches (44 on the bottom and 50 on top).

The folly was commissioned, and designed, by the wealthy, philanthropic banker John Stuart McCaig. Erection of the tower began in 1897. One of the aims of the project was a philanthropic one, providing work for idle stonemasons during the winter. As a result, work mainly proceeded during the winter months and it took until McCaig's death in 1902 at the age of 78 for the tower to proceed as far as the completion of the structure as nit is seen today.

McCaig was an admirer of Roman and Greek architecture, and had planned for an elaborate structure, based on the Colosseum in Rome. His intention had been to provide a lasting monument to his family and his plans allowed for a museum and art gallery with a central tower to be incorporated. Inside the central tower he planned to commission statues of himself, his siblings and their parents. His death brought an end to construction with only the outer walls completed.

The empty shell of the tower now dominates the Oban skyline, and is now a public garden with magnificent views to the islands of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull. It is a Category B listed building (Historic Scotland Building ID: 38814 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

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Date Taken
Monday, 29 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 8609 3023 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:24.9411N 5:28.1663W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 8609 3023
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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