At a glance:

Sleeps 2 - ideal for couples
Bookings run Friday to Friday
1 Bedroom with King-Size Bed
En suite Bathroom
Living Room with Wood Burning Stove
Well equipped Kitchen
Dogs by arrangement, £20 per week per dog
No smoking

Facilities

Telephone
Broadband Wi-Fi Internet
Freeview TV
DVD player
iPod Dock
Dishwasher
Washing Machine
Hairdryer
Linen & towels supplied

Location

Quiet central village location
Oban 17 miles (½ hour)
Glasgow 100 miles (3 hours)
Edinburgh 130 miles (3½ hrs)
Manchester 320 miles (7 hrs)
London 520 miles (10 hours)

Local Area

Ideal location for walking, climbing, wildlife spotting, fishing, diving, golf, cycling, mountain-biking, sea-kayaking

Good base for exploring the West Highlands, Argyll, Mull, Iona, Lochaber, Appin, Glencoe, Kilmartin Glen

Local shop & doctor’s surgery with dispensary

Pub at end of the street

Contact:

To make a booking, or for more information about the cottage please contact:

Kim Rowswell,
Dunmarrock House,
Balvicar,
Oban,
Argyll PA34 4TE

Telephone: 01852 300040

Email: kimrowswell@yahoo.co.uk


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local area

Oban is 17 miles away and has a selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, a whisky distillery, and a swimming pool. There are Calmac ferry services to Mull / Iona and other islands of the Inner Hebrides. Scotrail run six trains daily between Oban and Glasgow. Car Hire is also available.

Balvicar Stores is 2 miles away and is the island’s only shop and Post Office.

The Easdale Medical Centre is 3 miles distant and has a dispensary service.

There are two pubs on the island both serving food: the  Oyster Bar is within walking distance at the end of the street and the Tigh-an-Truish is at Clachan, 4 miles away. If you fancy an overseas trip then a short stroll to the pier followed by a three minute ferry crossing will take you to The Puffer Bar on Easdale.

Numerous hobbies and interests can be pursued…….

Walking and Climbing

There are a number of easy to moderate walks on the island that can be undertaken from the front door of the cottage. More adventurous high level mountain walking and climbing can be done in the mountains to the north and east of Oban. Glencoe and the Nevis Range can be reached in an hour and a half. The Ice-Factor at Kinlochleven has state-of-the-art indoor climbing walls and an ice-climbing wall.

Wildlife

There is an abundance of natural history on Seil and if you’re lucky there is the possibility of spotting golden eagles, sea eagles, otters and dolphins all within the local area. Dedicated wildlife spotting and whale watching boat trips are provided by Sealife-Adventures. The world famous Corryvreckan whirlpool can be reached by the Seafari high speed RIBs which depart from the village pier at the end of the street. Seafari also run trips to Iona and Staffa (Fingal’s Cave) as well as to Colonsay.

Another way to see the islands, and explore the local area is on board one of Coastal Connection’s 11 metre cabined RIBs. Try their ‘wildlife and castles’ 2 hour trip form Oban or a day trip to Tobermory, giving you time to explore this picturesque village.

If you want to hone your wildlife photography skills Loch Visions based in Kilchrenan offer a range of wildlife photography workshops.

Fishing

Freshwater angling permits are available from The Angler’s Corner in Oban and opportunities abound for local Sea Fishing.

Golf

Seil Golf Club, a 9 hole course is at Balvicar some 2 miles away. The 18 hole Glencruitten Golf Club in Oban was designed by James Braid in the early 1900s. Clubs can be hired at Balvicar Stores.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayak Scotland are based on the island and offer guided trips, paddling courses and kayak hire. Another local company that knows the local waters very well is Oban Sea Kayak Expeditions, who also offer day paddles and skills training. Similar services are also available at Sea Kayak Oban.

Scuba Diving

Sealife-Adventures based on Seil offers dive trips to local wrecks and other scenic dive locations.

Cycling

Quiet local roads and numerous off road trails will keep road cyclists and mountain bikers happy. Some of the local Forestry Commision plantations have purpose built mountain bike routes such as the Fire Tower Trail at Lochgilphead.

Horse Riding

There are a number of riding centres in the area including Lunga Riding Stables and Easy Horse.

Gardens

An Cala garden is a short stroll from the cottage. Ardmaddy Castle garden is 6 miles away and the Arduaine National Trust Garden is 20 miles away.

Historic Sites

Argyll’s rich prehistory can be explored at Kilmartin Glen and dotting the landscape are numerous picturesque ruined castles at Gylen, Kilchurn, Stalker, Carnassarie…..

Further local information can be gleaned from the Oban Tourist Information website and the Seil Community website.

Pictures of Ellenabeich & Seil

Click on an image for a larger version and to start a slide show. The photographs convey something of the scenic beauty and tranquility of the Isle of Seil.