Isle of Seil and the Oban Area
Isle of Seil belongs to the “Slate Islands” Luing, Seil, Easdale and Belnahua. These islands were the centre of the Scottish Slate industry in the 18th and 19th Century and on all the islands we still have the tiny small village houses where the slate workers used to live.
Island hopping is one of the many things we recommend if you have time or inclination to leave the farm. Visiting whisky distilleries is another option, as are exhilarating boat trips out to the world famous Corrywreckan Whirlpool. If you feel flush take the 6 seater small plane to Colonsay and get an experience of a lifetime flying over all our beautiful islands. Go eagle spotting on one of the boat trips.
Or just go for a walk up the hill at night, or sit outside your house star gazing without street lights, it is free and probably just as memorable and wonderful as anything that costs you money.
Being in Argyll means you can get up in the mountains in less than 1 hour. If you drive to Glencoe you can take yourselves up a moderate Munro, (hills over 3000 feet) say Buachaille Etive Mor, and from the top of the Buachaille you take in the glorious view over the Soul of Scotland, an endless stretch of mountains and lochs.
If you do not feel like walking up to the top it is still worthwhile to drive to Glencoe through Glen Orchy, have a look at the roaring river and end up in the Clachaig Inn for a refreshment.
Or you could tick that bucket list and drive to Ford William and climb up Ben Nevis (it is not really a climb, somebody once hauled a piano up there and people get up to the top in flip flops, but we would recommend sensible shoes and walking gear). After all, it is the highest mountain in Great Britain, and it is a very long walk up and an even longer walk down.
If you drive south from us you will arrive at the beautiful Crinan Canal, and Kilmartin Glen where you find standing stones from 3000BC, the Temple Wood Stone Circles and plenty of burial cairns and rock carvings.
We could go on, and we have a fountain of suggestions of island trips and long and short walks.
Lots to do for the adventurous and energetic and for you who want to unwind in the most beautiful spot of all, just go outside, take a deep breath of good clean air and relax.
What's On and When
In spring and April we are usually lambing and so are most farmers around here. So you will see a lot of small lambs and caring sheep-mums on the hills. Spring is a good month weather wise, and we are all excited about the summer to come and hopeful for a great season with sunshine and long evenings. Around the 9th April the first swallow will arrive on the farm, the same family all the way from Africa, and we will note the date in our bird book as we have for many years.
Early summer is the time for rhododendron and azalea and the gardens here will have an abundant display of colours and scents.
Mid summer is the time for the Games. Many town and villages hold Scottish Games, and if you have never seen a Scotsman, kilt and all, toss the Caber then now is perhaps the time for you to remedy that.
August is our time for selling the lambs, and a great time to swim in the lochs that have now heated up to a tolerable state (if you are brave). We have been swimming in 12-13 degrees in the nearby lochs, but to be honest we do prefer 16-17 before we leap.
All year round the seasons and the weather dictate our circle of life. Each season brings its own charm and while the summers meander happily along, the winters can bring many challenges with storms and wild weather. Then we close down the hatches and are cosy inside with good books, a film, and a wee dram. Or two.
We feel very lucky to be in this part of the world.
We think you will too.
This family photo was taken from the top of our hill behind the farm.