About Easdale: An Introduction to Easdale Island
Easdale Island with Seil and Luing behind
Easdale Island is the smallest permanently-inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides, off Scotland's west coast. Situated in the Firth of Lorn, about 15 miles south of Oban, Argyll, it covers an area of less than 10 hectares but has a permanent population of about 60, plus a similar number who own residential property and visit regularly. Many visiting residents live in other parts of Scotland but have ancestral connections going back several generations.
Easdale lies about 200 metres off the Island of Seil which itself is connected to the mainland by the 200 year-old Clachan Bridge, the "Bridge over the Atlantic". There is no vehicular access to the Island which is served by a small ferry able to carry 10 passengers.
The tiny car-free island of Easdale has much to offer the short or long term visitor. Have a walk around and enjoy the tranquility of this distinctive island. A stroll to the top of the 38m high hill offers unrivalled views of the Firth of Lorn to the north and many other islands to the south. The shoreline offers the opportunity for beachcombing or soaking up the fresh Atlantic air.
Other areas of interest include the historical remains of what was once the centre of the Scottish slate mining industry. The still pools, which are a defining feature of Easdale, were once active slate quarries, and together with the wide variety of flora and bird life make Easdale unique.
By making the five minute passenger ferry crossing, visitors will feel immediately welcome amongst the small thriving community which occupies the former slate quarriers' cottages. Easdale is also perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding district with its many attractions and activities.
Easdale Island: April 2010
The harbour and village on Easdale Island with Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil across Easdale Sound.