Seaview Self Catering on Isle of Seil

Seaview is set in its own contained garden, this quiet end terrace, semi-detached house is situated on the shores of the Atlantic, on the West Coast of Scotland, with spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Seaview self catering on Isle of Seil

Seaview Self Catering

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Things to see & do on the Isle of Seil and Easdale Island while staying at Seaview:

view from Seaview cottage Sunset from Seaview self catering cottage Seaview Cottage

Seaview's location

The house itself is an ideal base for artists, photographers, walkers, fishermen, sailors, divers, wildlife enthusiasts and those wishing merely to relax.

Islands of Luing and the Garvellochs & Scarba  Islands of Luing and the Garvellochs & Scarba
Islands of Luing and the Garvellachs with Scarba behind it. Showing Fladda lighthouse in distance

From the window enjoy the panorama of the Atlantic and the islands of Easdale, Mull, the Garvellachs, Scarba and Luing. Experience some breathtaking sunsets. You might see otters, seals, a variety of birds and, on occasions, porpoises, dolphins or even whales.

Set off from the house on the excellent coastal walk "down the Brentfords" to Cuan Ferry or appreciate some spectacular aerial views of this beautiful area by walking on the neighbouring Dunmor or Kilbride hills.

Seaview is ideally situated in a quiet location on the Isle of Seil, between the two main villages of Ellenabeich (often called Easdale) and Balvicar. A pleasant walk, or drive, of about one mile lets you access what each has to offer.

On the way to Ellenabeich, visit the beautiful An Cala Gardens, built and designed by Col. Murray in the 1930s on the site of the previous Easdale distillery.

A little further on is the village hall where the Wednesday summer ceilidhs are held.

Easdale Island

The picturesque village of Ellenabeich itself, with its cottages built for the slate quarriers in the 18th century, now caters well for the tourist with a post office, various craft shops, a Heritage Centre and the Oyster Brewery, Restaurant and Bar.

cottages on Easdale
Front street, Ellenabeich

It is here at Ellenabeich that you can make the 5 minute ferry crossing to Easdale Island which boasts the award winning Folk Museum, the Puffer Bar and Restaurant and the new hall with its varied programme of events and entertainers of international renown.

Easdale Island
Flooded Quarry Ellenabeich

Also from Ellenabeich pier you can set off on a Seafari fast boat trip to view the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool, the surrounding islands and hopefully spot some seals, porpoises, dolphins or whales.

slipway for ferry to Islands
Easdale Ferry Slipway

On the way to Balvicar, be sure to stop at the viewpoint Cairn on the steep hill behind the house, to check out surrounding islands, place names and distances.

The village of Balvicar also consists of historic slate quarriers’ cottages, a pier and bay with mooring and anchorage, a boatyard, a seafood factory, a 9 hole golf course and a very well stocked general store and post office.

Sealife Adventures, high speed cruises, leave from Seil Sound.

Golf Course and boats in Balvicar Bay
Golf Course and Boats in Balvicar Bay

At the Balvicar cross roads, you can take the road to Cuan Ferry, passing, along the way, the local Parish Church with its beautiful stained glass windows designed by Douglas Strachan.

Opposite is Ballachuan Hazelwood and Wildlife Reserve, rich in wildlife and its internationally important lichen communities.

From Cuan, take the 5 minute vehicular ferry to the Island of Luing or arrange to go on a boat trip. On Luing you can hire bikes.

Travel back north to Clachan Seil where you will find excellent bar meals available at Tigh an Truish Inn, beside Clachan Bridge.

Tigh an Truish, meaning "House of Trousers", got its name after the battle of Culloden in1746, when wearing of the kilt was outlawed in Scotland. In defiance the islanders wore the kilt when they were home but used the Inn to change into the hated trews when they went to the mainland. The hotel is situated beside Clachan Bridge, known as "The Bridge that Crosses the Atlantic" because of the narrow strip of ocean that it spans. The rare fairy foxglove (Erinus Alpinus) grows and flowers on the bridge’s stonework.

As indicated, the area has a fascinating past. Evidence remains of pre-historic sites of habitation and of the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century, brought from Ireland by St Brendan, from whom the Parish name of Kilbrandon has derived.

However, it is the area’s geology with rich deposits of slate rock that has made most impact on the island’s history. The slate industry reached its peak in the 19th century and Easdale slate was renowned and exported world wide. Sadly, one massive storm in 1881 destroyed the workings and flooded many quarries. Although Balvicar quarry operated until the 1960’s, the industry never really recovered.

Tourism and fishing are probably the main industries on the island now with many people commuting and working in Oban.

A short drive away you will find that Oban, Kilmelford, Kilmartin and beyond all have much to offer, but that is another story…………





Seaview - Self Catering
Isle of Seil
01852 300272



Seaview Self Catering

About House

About Isle of Seil & Easdale

Contact - Enquiries