Isle of Seil
Our Isle of Seil visitor guide provides information on accommodation on the Isle of Seil, travel and things to see and do there.
Eight miles south of Oban the B884 turns west off the A816 to the tiny Slate Islands, so called because in the mid-19th century, the island's slate quarries exported millions of roofing slates every year. The quarrying industry has long since gone, leaving behind dilapidated old buildings as well as pretty little villages of whitewashed cottages built for the slate workers.
The most northerly of the Slate Islands is Seil, which is reached from the mainland across the impressive Clachan Bridge, better known as the 'Bridge over the Atlantic', built in 1792 (and designed by Thomas Telford), with its elegant, high arch to allow ships to pass beneath.
Beside the bridge is an old inn, Tigh an Truish, or 'House of the Trousers', where islanders would have to swap kilt for trousers in order to conform to the post-1745 ban on the wearing of Highland dress.
Phone code: +44 (0)1852
Local Sights & Activities for Isle of Seil
Two miles south, at Balvicar, the road turns right and climbs up and over to the main village of Ellanbeich, an attractive wee place with rows of white cottages around the harbour. This was once a tiny island itself until the intensive slate quarrying succeeded in silting up the narrow sea channel. The village is also, rather confusingly, known by the same name as the nearby island of Easdale, so renowned was the latter for its slate deposits. Another road runs south from Balvicar to North Cuan, from where the car ferry sails across the treacherous Cuan Sound to Luing.
Isle of Seil Hotels & Accommodation
There's B&B accommodation on Seil, at Mutiara, Tel. 300241, open May-Nov., and some good self catering cottages.