Seil is a jewel of an island with a rich natural and cultural heritage. Slate quarrying was a major industry until the middle of the 20th century, and this is visible in the landscape of Seil’s major population centres: Balvicar and Easdale. Here trim rows of whitewashed workers’ cottages sit beside flooded quarries dug deep below sea level.
There is plenty to see and do on Seil, from marine wildlife boat trips by Seafari Adventures, to a more sedate wander round the gardens at An Cala. Walking routes are also well established, with spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and neighbouring islands.
Seil’s immediate neighbours include Easdale Island, Luing and Kerrera. Easdale and Luing are easily reached by short ferry crossing from Seil; the Kerrera ferry leaves from Gallanach in Oban. Each of these islands boast amazing walks, scenery, history and – outside of the winter months – great wee places to eat. In addition to 2 pubs, facilities on Seil alone include a shop/PO, doctor’s surgery, a volunteer-run museum and a 9-hole golf course.