I have been to the isle of Seil many times over the years and it still feels special crossing the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ onto Seil. It is an easy island to visit as it is only about 7 miles away from Oban.
The main settlement on Seil is at Ellenbeich, which is situated across from the island of Easdale. I remember playing Crazy Golf there where each hole was named after a different island.
There is a fantastic viewpoint just before the road dips down into Ellenbeich that shows Easdale and other surrounding islands including Mull.
Seil is a great island to visit and one benefit to visiting the island is that you do not need a ferry timetable!
How do I get to Seil? To reach the isle of Seil, you need to cross the famous, ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ from the mainland. The turn off for the island of Seil is about 10 miles south of Oban.
How do I get around Seil? There is a Bus service that runs between Ellenabeich, North Cuan, Balvicar and Clachan Seil. The bus starts and finishes in Oban.
What’s worth visiting on Seil? The Highland Arts Exhibition showcases the creative works of the late C J Taylor, Poet, Artist, and Composer. The Slate Islands Trust Heritage Centre in Ellenabeich, has displays illustrating quarry working and many aspects of 19th century life in the area. Seafari Adventures offer trips to the Corryvreckan, the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool, as well as other local islands. The gardens at An Cala benefit from the gulf stream and are open most of the year.
Where can I stay on Seil? Garraghmhor in Ellenabeich offers Bed and Breakfast as does Innish and Tigh an Truish, which are on the Seil side of the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’. There is also ‘The Tin Church’ which was featured on Channel 5’s ‘Build A New Life In The Country’ series. They offer self-catering B&B on a nightly basis. There is self catering accommodation at The Bolt Hole, Seaview, Island View and Monaveen Lodge at Ellenabeich, Pier House, Achnacroish Cottage, Seil Chalet near Balvicar as well as Willowburn Cottage – Torsa, Sula, Seabank Cottage and The Haven in Clachan.
Any other information on Seil? Princess Diana’s mother, The Honourable Mrs. Shand Kydd, lived on the isle of Seil until her death in 2004.