The island of Seil is situated a few miles south of Oban. It is one of the islands in Scotland close enough to the mainland to have a bridge. At Clachan there is a bridge known as the Atlantic Bridge and it is a fantastic example of arch engineering. The bridge was built by an Oban lad , John Stevenson in 1792 from designs by the famous Thomas Telford. and attracts photographers from near and far.
One of the first structures you come across after crossing the bridge is the Tigh An Truish Inn, which means house of trousers. After the Jackobite uprisings when the government banned the wearing of tartan, islanders would change out of the their kilts here into trousers so as not to be caught by government redcoats. The inn is just as popular as it has ever been and has a steady flow of customers from day trippers to visiting yacht crews who have anchored in a perfectly sheltered natural harbour on the other side of the hill. There is a footpath over the hill from the inn. It is well worth the walk to see the fantastic views out across the Lynn of Lorn to the Island of Mull.
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The road then winds its way down the eastern shoreline of the Island to Balvicar and then later to the ferry slip for Luing or if you take a right hand fork in the road to Easdale. The village of Balvicar owes its existence to the slate quarrying as is evident when you visit. There is a good store here and also a boat yard and kayak hire.
If you like to visit the gardens of Britain then there is a lovely garden at An Cala. they are open usually from April to October. For many the wildness of the hills and seashore is as good a garden as you will ever visit and so Seil offers both wildness and secluded gardens.
Seil Island is popular at any time of year and attracts many visitors for its wonderful diversity of wildlife. Even from on land it is common to see seals, otters, porpoises and dolphins as well as a huge number and variety of sea birds. Unfortunately the wild cats that the island used to be famous for are now interbred with domestic animals but sometimes a glimpse of a feral cat may be had at a number of spots.