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McCaig's Tower and North Pier

Start point: Clocktower, Station Square, Oban.
Best for:Iconic Oban
Terrain: Concrete pavement and road. Some steep sections and steps.
Toilets: North Pier
Distance: 2.6km
Total ascent: 77m
Allow: 30Mins - 1 Hour
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Step 1

From the clocktower head along the promenade keeping the seafront to your left. Cross at the island and take Argyll Street all the way to its end.


Step 2

At the end of Argyll Street take the set of steps to the left of the Congregational Church. Take the 144 steps to the top of Jacob’s Ladder.


Step 3

Turn left along the road enjoying the views to the Oban Whisky Distillery and the islands of Kerrera and Mull beyond.


Step 4

At the end of the road, cross over the crossroads onto Laurel Road. You will see a small brown sign indicating “McCaig’s Tower” low down on the wall at this junction. Head uphill along the road until you reach a carpark on your right. Take the set of steps from the carpark leading up to McCaig’s Tower. Alternatively there is a ramp further round.


Step 5

Once you have enjoyed the views from the Tower return to the carpark and turn left back down Laurel Road. Back at the crossroads, this time cross over and take the path to the right, which has a central railing. Take the first right onto a road, adjacent to a gap in the railing. Further along turn left down Albert Road and keep going until it meets the main road. Cross over the main road and continue straight through an alleyway between buildings.


Step 6

Cross over the road to the pavement next to the sea.


Step 7

Keeping the seafront to your right, explore the North Pier. You will pass the newly built pontoon to your right then head round the front of the red roofed buildings. Round on the other side you will rejoin the road.


Step 8

Continue to keep the seafront on your right and follow the promenade all the way back to the start point.