The morning kicked off with a photo walk around Corpach. We traveled along the canal to photograph the shipwreck of a former fishing boat, MV Dayspring, that washed ashore during a storm in 2011. After breakfast, we passed through the final lock of our Caledonian Canal journey.
Historian Anna gave a presentation about Scottish independence, with a short intermission to photograph the beautiful Corran Point Lighthouse. Photo instructor Anna gave a talk about photography composition and exposure. After the talks we went on the decks for scenic views of sailing into Oban, past Dunollie Castle, and McCaig's Folly above the city.
After lunch, guests had the option to take one of two walks. The longest walk followed the waterfront to the ruins of Dunollie Castle, home to the clan MacDougall. The shorter walk climbed up to McCaig's Folly, a circular tower above the town built by wealthy banker John Stuart McCaig as a monument to his family. McCaig hired unemployed stone masons to build the monument starting in 1895, and construction stopped when he died in 1902.
Since Oban is known as the "Seafood Capital of the North," many guests took the opportunity to have dinner on shore at one of the many seafood eateries. We wrapped up the day in Oban with a whiskey tasting on board with the former manager of the Oban Distillery, Frances MacMillan.