A folly not to provide information
TOURISTS to Oban’s iconic McCaig’s tower are being kept in the dark about its rich past.
That’s the verdict of two Highlands and Islands MSPs, who have followed in the footsteps of Oban resident, Julie Cameron, who wants tourists to be able to read about the fascinating story of the tower, but there are no information panels on display there.
Highlands MSP Rhoda Grant says the marketing of the tower has so far been a missed opportunity.
Ms Grant said: ‘McCaig’s tower is one of the iconic features in Oban and many visitors to the town now make the short journey up to the tower to see the views and look at the structure.
‘However, I have heard from a number of constituents that a common complaint is the lack of signage and tourist information about the tower.
‘Visit Scotland and the local council should work together to ensure that there is better signage and information available at the site.
‘I have heard many suggestions for improvements such as displays documenting the history of the site, to providing more information about the construction of the folly and about the incredible panoramic views over Oban and out towards the islands.’
MSP Mike Mackenzie echoed Ms Grant’s call, saying more can be done to boost Argyll’s tourism industry. The Highlands and Islands MSP said: ‘Argyll is dripping with heritage. As the only part of the Highlands and Islands losing population, Argyll badly needs to boost its economy.’
The tower was built in 1897 by banker, John Stuart McCaig, as a lasting monument to the McCaig family.