The name ‘Oban Seil’ refers to the township of Oban (Gaelic: ‘ob’ – a bay; ‘an’ dim. – a little bay) on Seil, so-called to distinguish it from Oban in mainland Argyll.
Once there were 2 crofts (small-scale agricultural units) at Oban Seil, both formerly part of the huge Breadalbane estate; now there is only 1, owned by the MacDougall family.
At present sheep graze the land, which extends to about 6 hectares. Pasture is topped 3 times a year to maintain quality and the ancient hazel woodland is actively managed, providing a sustainable source of fuel as well as shelter for livestock.