A folly not to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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