The town of Oban is only half-an-hour’s drive from Seil. It is a well-known touring base and major ferry terminus for the islands of Kerrera, Mull, Lismore, Coll, Colonsay, Islay, Barra, South Uist and Tiree. Oban has excellent facilities and a wide variety of independent and chain shops. The town boasts a cinema, library, distillery, 18-hole golf course, 2 museums, and a popular leisure centre and pool. Oban is also rightly famous for its restaurants, with locally caught seafood being a particular speciality.
North of Oban, Dunstaffnage Castle and the Ocean Explorer Centre are popular attractions for families. Crossing the bridge at Connel and following the A828 takes in the pretty village of Appin, Castle Stalker and picturesque Glencoe. East of Oban on the A85, Loch Awe is a spectacular inland loch. You can also visit Cruachan, the ‘Hollow Mountain’, a unique tourist attraction that takes you inside the hill to see this remarkable feat of engineering.
If you travel south from Seil on the A816, the ancient monuments of Kilmartin Glen and its award-winning archaeology museum are well worth a visit. A little further south again the Crinan Canal offers some wonderful walks along the towpath or in the hills round about. Taynish National Nature Reserve, near Tayvallich, also makes for a rewarding walk in some of the county’s oldest Atlantic oakwood.