Transforming Oban landmark with light

Published Date: 

18 Nov 2013 - 15:16

OBAN’S skyline will look even more picturesque this winter when an innovative lighting project to transform the iconic McCaig’s Tower switches on for the first time.

Argyll and Bute Council has been working on the new lighting for the famous landmark over the past few months. People will be able to see the dramatic effects for the first time around 5pm on Friday 22 November, when the initial switch-on will take place during the launch of Oban Winter Festival. 

The lights will go out overnight before a second switch-on takes place on Saturday 23 November, when the town’s traditional Christmas lights are officially lit up. From then on, McCaig’s Tower will stay alight, dominating the skyline above Oban in even more spectacular style.

The new McCaig’s Tower lighting scheme has been delivered and funded through Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD programme. It sees the existing lighting at the tower upgraded and enhanced, with its façade changing colour every hour and a colour wash illuminating its top level windows.

As well as adding a new dimension to Oban’s attractive skyline, the new lighting scheme will be able to augment special business and community events with colour-coded themes – while bringing some added sparkle to the town in the meantime.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Infrastructure, Councillor Ellen Morton, paid tribute to everyone who has been working hard to ensure that Oban is dazzling for the festive season. She said: “The new McCaig’s Tower lighting scheme will help to make Oban look even more delightful and it is bound to look spectacular at night.

“It has been wonderful to see so many people in the area working together to light up Oban in all sorts of ways. The Oban CHORD Project Board and its chair, all the elected members in the area, the council staff who will carry out the switch-on,  event organisers, lighting industry specialists and the local business community are all to be congratulated for their hard work and effort to transform the town for the holidays.

“The lighting-up of McCaig’s Tower, as well as bringing one of the town’s most recognisable landmarks to life, is also a clear signal that the council is starting to deliver its CHORD-funded programme in Oban, with a number of other projects moving forward and gathering pace. I am sure that people who live, work and visit Oban will be delighted to see the benefits that these projects bring.”