Aquarela at McCaig's Tower

A fantastic Outdoor Cinema is popping up in Oban.


Email: with your name & phone number and how many tickets you'd like to be added to our waiting list. 

On Friday, 24 September 2021, Cinescapes and Oban Phoenix Cinema are transforming McCaig's Tower into a pop up micro cinema, with food, drinks and much more! 

Join us at Oban's iconic McCaig's Tower as you immerse yourself in the wild and incredibly dangerous documentary about the power of water.

Aquarela is a 2018 documentary directed by Viktor Kossakovsky and grippingly explores the climate crisis through an oscillation of harrowing water encounters . From Hurricanes to disappearing ice, this is an absorbing masterpiece and fuelled by the ominous-apocalyptic metal score by Finnish violinist/composer Eicca Toppinen.

Tickets are donation based and you can choose from our three options available (suggested donation of £5 per person).

The evening promises to be full of specially crafted cocktails and good Scottish Scran, snacks and local delicacies. (Subject to licensing)

Arrive early to get a good spot and enjoy the food and drink. Doors open at 6:00pm, screening starts at 8:00pm

We strongly suggest you pre-purchase for your tickets or just for yourself some Fancy Popcorn with either:

🍻🍿 A Jug of Beer, or

🍹🍿 A Cocktail Pitcher,

Why? This ensures you’ve got drinks and snacks on arrival to get you in the movie mood. Of course, there will be plenty of snacks and drink to buy on the night but as we are a small market with limited space, please be prepared to wait a wee bit if you don’t pre-order.

This is cinema done in style, so grab a couple of pals book your seats.

We strive to be as accessible as possible with wheelchair access and facilities on site. All film content will be shown with closed captions for D/deaf and hard of hearing audience members. If you have any added accessibility needs or questions, please get in touch at

Gates open at 6pm. To comply with COVID-19 government issued precautions please arrive at your ticket allocated time (which we'll send along in an email to you).


On the booking page, you can choose your donation as your ticket, and pre-order a delicious box of food from Taste of Argyll. 

All food is served cold. Food boxes must be pre-ordered before 22.09.21

Vegan Box

Selection of Vegan Cheeses, Oatcakes & Salad.

Argyll Fish Box

Hot Smoked Salmon, Cold Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Smoked Prawns, Mussels, Pate, Oatcakes and Salad.


😍 The screening is donation-based to ensure our events are accessible to all the public. We suggest a £5 per person donation so we can keep bringing events like this to you. We cannot offer refunds on donation-based tickets.

⏰ Please arrive early (from 6pm) or within your assigned time. This ensures we can move everyone safely into and out of the event. If you are running late please contact us, otherwise, entry will not be possible.

❗️If you need to cancel your ticket please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. No shows make it impossible for small organisations like us to keep bringing you events. While we know plans change, we’re a friendly bunch and ask you kindly let us know, otherwise this may impact your bookings for future events.

😷 Assigned seating is laid out in a socially spacious way with seated assistance at all times. Please wear a mask on entry and if moving around. Please get in touch before the event if you are showing symptoms. This ensures a safe experience for everyone following all government guidelines.

πŸŽ₯ An open air outdoor cinema experience at a cool outdoor space with a top backstory.

🍹 Main bar, with beer, cider, wine and speciality cocktails. Don’t be cheeky. No outside drink is permitted (water excluded).

🎬 Pre-entertainment video or music will play before the main screening.

β›… The event will go ahead if it's raining and while we hope it’s a warm Sunny day in Scotland, we advise a protective jacket in case of rain and wind! Ponchos are available for purchase on admission. In the event of severe weather, the screening will be moved to Screen 1 at Oban Phoenix Cinema. 

🚻 On-site toilets will be available including accessible facilities. A hand sanitising station will be positioned outside and the toilets will be cleaned regularly.

For full venue info go to:

Cinescapes is a touring film festival celebrating Scottish-ness on screen by screening films in the locations that inspired them. The landscape is our muse and for our inaugural 2021 season we’re hitting the road and journeying from Leith, to Glasgow, Oban, East Kilbride and more!

Oban Phoenix Cinema is an independent community-owned cinema, and registered charity. Since 2012 they have provided the local community with a dynamic mix of arthouse film, blockbuster movies and live streamed theatre.

Cinescapes is produced by Cinetopia, Edinburgh Cinema Club and World of Film International Festival. We are supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland with Lottery funding from the BFI. We are excited to also be funded by EventScotland who is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events by securing and supporting a portfolio of sporting and cultural events.

We are proudly sponsored by Highland Liquor Company and ChocTree Edinburgh.

Thanks to the young people helping on the night as part of their Heritage Horizons placements (supported by ScottishPower Foundation)