~ Seil Island
~ Things To Do
Atlantic Bay Cottage, Easdale By Oban,
Argyll PA34 4RF
Seil is the the most Northerly of the Slate Islands, situated off the coast of Argyll a few miles South of Oban. It is connected to the mainland by road across a beautiful old single-arched bridge dating from 1792 and known as 'The Bridge over the Atlantic'. The island and the neighbouring islands of Easdale and Luing were at the centre of an important slate quarrying enterprise from the eighteenth century until the early twentieth century. They were known as the 'Islands That Roofed The World', and many fascinating relics of these times can be seen.
Seil is washed by the gulf stream and enjoys a mild climate, evidenced by the richness of the foliage and flowers. It is a haven for wildlife, from the sea mammals around the shores to a huge variety of bird life. Once away from the roads the interior of this four mile by two mile island feels much bigger and more remote than you first thought.
The island is home to a population of around five hundred souls. Some work the land or fish, some are employed in the local shops and hostelries or run small businesses. Many people commute into Oban to work, but there are also a fair number of retired people living on the island. It is a vibrant and welcoming community, offering a rich holiday experience to the discerning visitor.
Tel: 01631 571010 (Daytime) 01852 300203 (Evenings)