Seil Island and the Surrounding Area
Seil Island is twelve miles South of Oban in Argyll. Historically the island was a major source of slate and it together with the surrounding islands of Easdale, Luing and Belnahua are collectively known as the Slate Islands. A short ferry trip to Easdale Island gives a fascinating insight into the slate industy, which flourished here from 1745 until the early twentieth century. You can still see many of the traditional slate workers cottages in the villages of Ellenabeich and Balvicar.
Today the island provides work for farmers, fishermen and prawn workers, but many inhabitants are either retired or commute to work in Oban over the Atlantic Bridge. It is a diverse and visitor friendly community.
Everywhere you look on Seil there are magnificent sea views. Except for the occasional long hot Summers day the sea and skies are never still and the view constantly repaints itself. If you are lucky you may see otters or seals, and if you are observant you will certainly see a wide variety of bird life.
The island has two pubs, one at the bridge and one down in the conservation village of Ellenabeich. There is an excellent shop at Balvicar where you can get pretty much anything, including a selection of local produce. For more local information please see our links page.
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