Oban, the unofficial capital of the West Highlands, is a busy working port, as fishing and pleasure craft rub shoulders in the harbour. Often described as the 'Gateway to the Isles', Oban is the main port for ferries departing to the Inner Hebrides. This thriving community boasts one of the most picturesque settings to be found, with houses clinging to steep hillsides surrounding the calm bay. Dominating the skyline is McCaig's Tower, a colliseum-style monument which celebrated its centenary in 1997. Built by a wealthy banker to help alleviate unemployment in the area, the climb to the Tower is rewarded with outstanding views across Oban Bay to the Isles of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Renowned as a popular holiday resort, Oban has a full range of attractions. Oban Distillery tempts visitors with regular tastings of its fine malt whisky as well as the excellent exhibition and tours. At Caithness Glass visitors can learn about the skills of glass blowing, or watch traditional kilt making at Geoffrey (Tailor) Ltd. Restaurants, cafes and bars abound, many with live bands and ceilidhs and, for the energetic, swimming and other sports can be enjoyed at Atlantis Leisure. There is also a sandy beach, north of the town, at Ganavan. Evenings offer entertainment and shows, including the traditional Scottish show at McTavish's Kitchens and a varied programme of films at the Highland Theatre.