A view of Oban taken from a glass slide originally produced by George Washington Wilson, a one time photographer to the Queen. He died in 1893, and many of his Scotland photos were available in the 1860 - 1870 period, so I guess there is a fair age to this one. It is exceedingly sharp and clear considering it is only a 3 1/4" square slide.
Yes, David, it would make an interesting comparison. I looked on Flickr, but I can't see one from the same viewpoint. There are some that show various aspects, but not the whole. Great photo, though, as you say, especially when you consider its age!
George Washington Wilson is a famous early photographer, and doncontrols is very fortunate to have one of his slides. The University of Aberdeen holds a large collection, including quite a number of photographs in and from Oban. You can access them from http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/msd/reprographics/gww.shtml
Thanks for that link Scurdie, very interesting old pics of Oban..... no railway pier and no McCaigs tower, but the wee house on the south pier .. the harbour masters house, has been there a very long time, and its little turret on the end, just as it is to this day. great stuff