I had been to the Isle of Seil which lies a few miles south of Oban by motorbike on a couple of occasions in the past few years. A place at the end of the road always seems to work as a destination for me and it was no hardship to head that way by car at the end of January for a brief family reunion..The Isle of Seil is different in that the hamlet of Ellenbaich on the south-west corner of the island itself is actually the end of the road.
A fine old roadbridge over a narrow stretch of the Atlantic Ocean links the island to the mainland —
Ellanbeaich – a hamlet comprising roughly fifty houses – a Visitor Centre – a village shop – an interesting museum – an essential pub – a fine new Community Centre – football pitch – kiddies playpark and the Isle of Mull with it’s snow-capped mountains in the distance —
The old wooden pier is ruined but there is a stone jetty for the small ferryboats which ply the short crossing to a similar village on the Island of Easdale not much more than a stone’s throw across the sea —
Most of the slate exported from this area was quarried below sea level and all it took was a major storm over one hundred years ago to flood the workings —
The two villages are all that remains of the once thriving slate quarrying industry that saw their former population to be greater than that of the thriving town of Oban less than twenty miles north which is now the centre of everything that goes on in this part of Scotland —
Wild – wet and windy would best describe the days we spent on Seil and the surrounding areas but it was no hardship and our well equipped self-catering Tramway Cottage came with a good coal fire to chill out by in the evening —
We enjoyed our stay so much that we actually extended our visit for a couple days more than planned despite the gales and thrashing seas that washed away the harbour wall over on Easdale during our visit.
The pier at Ellanbeaich —
and the narrow strip of Atlantic Ocean that makes Seil officially an island —
The pub by the bridge – to enter is to take a step back in time —
and it’s none the worse for that —
Loved our few days at the end of the road — we will be back 🙂