Round About - The Isle of Seil
The Inn is situated beside the historic Bridge over the Atlantic. An attractive structure at any time of the year, the bridge is particularly picturesque in the Spring when it is covered in the purple flowers of the Fairy Foxglove. Simply stand and watch the Atlantic tide swirling under the bridge, or admire it from a table in our waterfront beer garden.
Coming out of the Tigh an Truish and heading for the bridge you will find the signposted footpath to Puilladobhran (pull-doran, the Pool of the Otters) leading off up the hill to your left. This famous anchorage is a favourite with West Coast yachtsmen, which explains why you see so many yellow wellies and lifejackets in the bar on a Summer evening. The path can be a bit muddy down near the shore, but the view West over to Mull is well worth it.
Walking down through Clachan Seil please be alert for traffic on the narrow road. After a mile the road crests a rise and you can see the expanse of Balvicar Bay with its moored yachts and fishing boats. Dominating views to the South is the high islanad of Scarba, overlooking the infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool. (You can visit the Corryvreckan with Seafari or Porpoise Charters - see the Links page).
Beyond Balvicar the road continues South to Cuan Ferry and the Isle of Luing, or turns right and over the hill to Easdale. Wherever you go on the island spectacular panoramas open up, with views of islands, hills and sea. In the conservation village of Ellenabeich you can visit the garden at An Cala, or take the passenger ferry over to the fascinating community of Easdale Island.
Over the Atlantic Bridge and off the island we can recommend the gardens at Ardmaddy Castle and the footpath from Ardmaddy to Degnish via the Bealach na Gaoithe and the Wishing Tree. There is also an excellent forest walk in the coniferous woods above Loch Seil, and spectacular views from the top of the Toad of Lorn, the hill on the West side of the road.
This is just a taste of the attractions this beautiful area has to offer. See the Links page and visit some of the other local websites to get a full picture of the Island and the surrounding countryside.
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