Exploring North, South, East & West
Just 14 miles north of Seil is Oban, Argyll’s main town and seafood capital of Scotland. Perhaps Oban’s most iconic landmark, McCaig’s Tower, gives a spectacular vista across Oban bay, the islands of Kerrera and Mull. The home of a cult whisky and an impressive Highland Games, Oban town enjoys a good range of excellent seafood restaurants as well as local shops, 4 supermarkets and a leisure centre. There’s a good beach at Ganavan Sands, a pleasant 2 mile coastal stroll from the centre of the town. Entertainment comes in the form of the Phoenix 2 screen cinema, the Corran Halls Theatre, evenings at the local pubs, celtic sounds and seasonal ceilidhs.
Further north is the magnificent Glencoe where you can take yourself up a Munro or just enjoy the drive and the stunning scenery along the way. Or conquer Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain; a good walk up with fabulous views.
Sailing west, Oban is also a gateway to the 25 islands of the Inner & Outer Hebrides with Caledonean McBrayne Ferries. Tiree, Coll, Mull, Iona, Jura or Islay……take your pick.
East of Seil are the towering slopes of Ben Cruachan, our nearest Munro. Lying deep within it is a hydro electric power station, which has a visitor centre with tours inside the mountain. Just a little further along on the freshwater shores of Loch Awe sits the far-from-conventional St Conan’s Kirk and the splendid 15th Century Kilchurn Castle. Continue on to Loch Fyne, and explore the fairytale castle and gardens at Inverary, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, and Downton Abbey fame.
Or equally head south to the picturesque inlets of Kilmelford and Ardfern, the wonderful coastal gardens of Arduaine and onto the standing stones at Kilmartin Glen where there is a multitude of archaeological sites. Don’t miss Dunadd, a well-preserved hill fort and stronghold of Dalriada, the home to the very first kings of Scotland. Just a little further on is Knapdale forest, popular for walking and beaver spotting too. Finally and still within 1 hour's drive south of Seil, enjoy the views of the beautiful Crinan Canal that brilliantly connects Loch Fyne with the Sound of Jura.