Holiday on Seil
Ardara Holiday Cottage at Clachan Seil
More about Seil
Ardara, Clachan Seil, Oban, PA34 4TL
Tel: 01852 300379, Mobile: 0791 980 80 98, Fax: 01852 300379
WebMaster: Robert Rae
AROUND SEIL ISLAND
The Isle of Seil is about 11 miles south of the Oban. It is linked to the mainland by the fine old humpbacked Bridge known as the "Atlantic Bridge". In the early summer the bridge is covered with the rare Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus) which gives the bridge a bonny purple haze,
(Clachan bridge is known as the bridge over the Atlantic as the tidal water which flows underneath comes from the Atlantic Ocean)
Built in 1792 by John Stevenson of Oban, legend has it that on completion, a horse pulling a cartload of hay was sent across the bridge to test its strength. (With no additional strengthening, forty ton trucks now regularly prove the quality of eighteenth century engineering.)
The first village after you cross the bridge has beautiful views of the Sound of Seil.
Tigh na Truish Inn (The House of Trousers)
The equally famous inn stands at the west end of the bridge.
(After the Jacobite Risings when kilts were
banned, the islanders were reputed to change out of their kilts and into trews here, when going the mainland).
The Tigh an Truish is popular with yachtsmen who moor in the nearby Phuilladobhrain anchorage. (Pronounced :- Pol dor an, meaning pool of the otter).
The anchorage is beautiful 15 minute walk over the hill on a public footpath
From the path there are superb views over the Firth of Lorne to Mull, Kerrera, Lismore and other small islands, with Morven in the distance.
Balvicar: The village with its Golf course and boatyard overlooks Balvicar Bay and is one of the main villages on the island. Comprising mainly of quaint old quarriers cottages. Balvicair is about 2 miles along the road from Innish
Balvicar Stores and Post office is the main grocery store on the Isle of Seil with with a good selection of groceries and other items. No need to travle the 11 miles to Oban. (open till 1930hrs in the summer)
The Boatyard a first class storage and repair operation run by Mike and Morag McSweeney. They always have a selection of boats for sale and are straight ahead as you go up past the Balvicar pier. Telephone: 01852
Ancient “Druids Chair”
on Brendon’s Seat. Duachy farm