I visited McCraig’s tower, a coliseum that adds a curious face to the fabric of Oban’s skyline. Erected in 1902, it was built to replicate Roman Coliseums by John Stuart McCraig. McCraig, a wealthy man, hoped to create a lasting monument for his family and at the same time, keep stonemasons gainfully employed through the hard winters. In the original plan, McCraig hoped the coliseum to house an art gallery, adding a roof to the building to hold portraits of the family. But when McCraig died, his family tore apart at his will and the museum was left as an open air coliseum, which could imply that the Romans were once in Oban.
Now the structure houses a lovely garden with benches (Lyra Belacqua would have loved it!) and has by far the most gorgeous view of Oban Bay. Would suggest you go there as a place to engage in some snogging during sunset.