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AROUND SEIL ISLAND

The Isle of Seil is 12 miles south of the Oban tourism centre and is connected to the mainland of Argyll by the lovely old humpbacked Clachan Bridge
(popularly called 'The Bridge Over The Atlantic Ocean' or 'Atlantic Bridge')
Clachan Bridge over the Atlantic with the Oban Lifeboat heading home at full speed under it
Built in 1792 by John Stevenson of the Oban area, legend has it that on completion, a horse pulling a cartload of hay was sent across the bridge to test its strength. (With no additional strengthening, forty ton trucks cross it without a worry these days.)
The rare Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus) covers the bridge in a gentle purple haze in the early summer, further enhancing an already beautiful structure.

 

Innish
Designed in keeping with the local architecture Innish provides warm, comfortable, modern accommodation for our guests in this beautiful area of Argyll,
Telephone: 01852 300423
INNISH

 

Next door is the:-

Tigh na Truish Inn (The House of Trousers:- After the Jacobite Risings when kilts were Tigh na Truish Innbanned, the islanders were reputed to change out of their kilts and into trews here, when going the mainland).
The Tigh
an Truish is famous amongst the regular crews of yachts which moor in the Phuilladobhrain anchorage on the other side of the island
(Pronounced :- Pol dor an, meaning pool of the otter)
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The crews have the added attraction of a 15 minute walk over the hill on the public footpath which runs down the side of our property.
A wander over this footpath is well worth the effort with views over the Firth of Lorne to Mull, Kerrera, Lismore and other small islands, with Morven in the distance.
Good food in a traditional Scottish Pub
Telephone: 01852 300242



Balvicar: Set beside Balvicar Bay is one of the main villages on the island about 2 miles along the road from Innish. Comprising mainly of quaint old quarriers cottages.

Balvicar Stores and Post office is the main grocery store on the Isle of Seil with with a good selection of groceries etc. in stock, to save you the journey into Oban. Web site; http://www.balvicarstores.co.uk

The Boatyard a first class storage and repair operation run by Mike and Morag McSweeney. They always have a selection of boats for sale and are straight ahead as you go up past the Balvicar pier.
Telephone: 01852 300557

Sealife Adventures run by Dave Ainsley (a marine biologist), offers a range of whale watching trips and cruises, with the passengers given a choice of where they would like to go. He also takes diving parties, and underwater photography expeditons. Charters operate from new facilities at Clachan Seil.
Telephone: 01852 300203 Web Site http://www.sealife-adventures.com

Easdale Seafoods
a small modern processing plant that prepares and packs locally caught langoustine mainly for the export market, are on the right as you go through the village.
Telephone: 01852 300295

Seil Island Golf Course
with views over Seil Sound and Balvicar Bay. This developing 9 hole course is described as 'challenging' and uses natural water hazards. Tickets available from the caravan at the car park

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Turn right at Balvicar crossroads and travel a further 2 miles to
Ellenabiech
(often called Easdale) the main village on Seil, about 4 miles down the road from Innish. Again the majority of the houses are quaint old quarriers cottages. The village has been used for various film and TV locations, including 'PARAHANDY' and 'RING OF BRIGHT WATER'.

Seil Island Games were held at Dunmor Farm on the last Saturday in June.
For more details Click here

A Heritage center
has been opened in one of the cottages giving the visitor and local alike a brief but interesting history of the area..

Oyster Bar
for good food. Best to book

Highland Arts Studios
a tourist emporium with a telve hole Putting Green overlooking the harbour from where a small passenger ferry will take you over to the island of Easdale on a five minute trip back in time.

Seafari
High seas, high adventure, will take the more intrepid on a trip around the islands and through the Gulf of Corryvreckan (one of the largest whirlpools in the world) leaving from Easdale Pier


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Go straight on at Balvicar crossroads;

Sea Kayak Hire and Courses can be supplied through Ken Lacey at Acha
Telephone: 01852 300589 Web site: http://www.seakayakscotland.com

After passing Kilbrandon Church with its famous stained glass windows you come to


Cuan: at the southern end of Seil where a small ferry plies between the Isle of Seil and the Isle of Luing, across the tidal-race of the Cuan Sound.
A pleasant place to while the time away watching the ferry or other boats negotiate the sound, fish of the rocks, admire the view, or walk round the shore by the way of the Brentfords towards Ellenabeich (Easdale).

At Cuan i
n what used to be an old church (built circa 1735), but now a family home, is a business:
Caranex
suppliers of specialist vehicle awnings CARANEX  Cuanwith a worldwide reputation for its quality and versatility, with models to fit most cars. Ideal for touring, off road or competing at shows. Telephone: 01852 300258
Fax: 01852 300470  


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