Easdale island is my wife’s favourite island and she insists on going there every time we pass through or around Oban.
For such a tiny island (you can walk around it in about 30 minutes – there are no cars), Easdale has a lot going for it. It has a thriving community, hosts the World Stone-skimming Championships and has an annual arts programme featuring theatre, music and exhibitions.
The ferry journey only lasts for about 5 minutes. But what an exhilarating 5 minutes! I always make a point of visiting the Folk Museum, which is one of the friendliest Museum’s I’ve ever been to. My children love completing the quiz there and the Museum gives visitors more knowledge of the Slate industry and Easdale’s role within it.
There is a lovely Cafe and Bar on Easdale and I have spent many a happy hour or so sat outside the Cafe watching my children enjoy themselves on the swings.
I haven’t even mentioned the gorgeous white cottages built originally for the Slate workers, but you can’t miss them. Easdale is a great island to visit, just don’t tell your wife!!!
How do I get to Easdale? You can reach Easdale from the island of Seil, crossing the famous, ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ from the mainland. The turn off for the island of Seil is about 10 miles south of Oban. At the village of Ellanabeich on Seil, there is a small passenger only ferry, for the 3 minute crossing to Easdale.
How do I get around Easdale? On foot or on bicycle. Easdale island is less than a mile across at any one point and is very flat.
What’s worth visiting on Easdale? The Easdale Island Folk Museum has many interesting artefacts as well as information on the Slate industry. The Puffer bar serves excellent meals and snacks. There is also an excellent trail that takes you to the highest point on the island.
Where can I stay on Easdale? Garraghmhor Bed and Breakfast overlooks Easdale from the village of Ellanabeich, on Seil. Also, there is Self Catering available at No 5, Easdale Island, An Lionadh and also at the delightful Easdale Cottage – No 64 Easdale Island.
Any other information on Easdale? In September the island hosts the World Stone Skimming Championship. For more information on Easdale read the article about the islands only pub, The Puffer Bar and the Blog Post ‘Islands around Oban’