A Brief Journey Through Seil

Arriving on Seil you can watch the tide rushing under the famous Bridge Over The Atlantic as you enjoy a refreshment outside the pub, the Tigh an Truish. From here there is a beautiful walk over to Puilladobhrain (‘Pool of the Otters’), a tranquil spot overlooking the Island of Mull that is a favourite yacht anchorage during the sailing season.

Travelling South from here through Clachan Seil you will be struck by the lush vegetation and profusion of flowers, with the occasional glimpse of the beautiful waters of Seil Sound through the trees. As you crest the hill and pass our modern medical practice the view opens up over Balvicar bbay, where yachts and fishing boats share the sheltered moorings. Approaching the village of Balvicar you pass the golf course on your left, an interesting nine-hole challenge with plenty of water hazards, so bring your clubs if you enjoy a round of golf.

Turning left down to the almost unchanged village of Balvicar past the amazingly well stocked shop and post office you can see the old slate workers cottages, the golf course (again) and views across the moorings in Balvicar Bay.

Returning to the main road you can detour South to Cuan and the ferry to the neighbouring island of Luing, passing Kilbarandon Church with its spectacular stained glass windows. From Cuan there is a wonderful walk round ot Seaview, with views over Cuan Sound.

Retracing your steps to the crossroads at Balvicar, take the road over the hill past the ‘tin church’ towards Ellenabeich and your holiday cottage. Be sure to stop at the top of the hill and go up to the viewpoint before you descend the short steep hill to Seaview, the panorama looking down the Sound of Luing to the high island of Scarba opening up on your left. The viewpoint is well worth revisiting at sunset as well.

Continuing Eastwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Ellenabeich and 7, Tramway. There is plenty to explore in the village, with its attractive small harbour and ferry across to the unique post-industrial landscape of Easdale Island with its former slate quarries. Enjoy the excellent views of Mull or if you are feeling fit walk up to the viewpoint behind Highland Arts and enjoy the spectacular panorama from the seat there.