Isle of Seil
This beautiful area offers a multitude of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including walks of all grades, fishing, sailing, canoeing, golf and bird watching. It’s only a mile to the village shop which stocks a wide range of goods, including local produce. Larger supermarkets are located in Oban, only a thirty-minute drive away. The two pubs on the island, which both serve food, are three miles from the chalet: Tigh na Truish in Clachan Seil beside the bridge, and the Oyster Bar in Ellenabeich.
On the road from Balvicar to Clachan, you will also find Sealife Adventures, offering stunning sea trips round the area.
Ellenabeich on the westernmost tip of Seil, a conservation village of neat white terraces of workers’ cottages, has featured on TV and in films such as Para Handy and Ring of Bright Water. Here you can visit the Slate Islands Heritage Centre, admire the lovely An Cala garden, enjoy a Seafari Adventure on a fast RHIB to Corryvrecken whirlpool, or take the short ferry trip to visit Easdale Island Folk Museum and the delightful Puffer bar and restaurant. The World Stone Skimming Championships take place in a flooded slate quarry here in late September!
Take the ferry from Cuan over to the island of Luing to visit the Atlantic Islands Visitor Centre in Cullipool with café, gift shop and museum, or hire bikes at South Cuan.
A little further afield, there are gardens at Ardmaddy, Arduaine and Crarae; castles at Inverary, Carnasserie in Kilmartin Glen, Donollie and Dunstaffnage near Oban and Duart on the Isle of Mull; and Kilmartin Archaeological Museum, the Crinan Canal and Cruachan Power Station are all within easy day trip distance.