Eat, Explore and Experience
Where to Eat
If you are coming to stay out with the summer season, it is best to check opening times as some Restaurants change their hours seasonally.
Puffer Bar & Restaurant
Across on Easdale Island there is the award winning Puffer Bar & Restaurant – catch the 3 minute ferry across and their unique location guarantees fantastic fresh seafood, unrivalled sea views, peace and tranquility. Restaurant opens: Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat 6pm-7.30pm during main season and just on a Friday and Saturday from October to Easter.
Oyster Bar & Restaurant
The Oyster Bar & Restaurant is within walking distance of the cottages and opens from March to October. It overlooks the village square to the front and at the rear the seating looks across the Atlantic taking in views of the islands of Scarba and Jura – a superb vantage point.
Atlantic Islands Centre
The Atlantic Islands Centre provides a community hub for the people of Luing and an exciting heritage, arts and café/restaurant visitor attraction.
Tigh an Truish
Located right at the “Bridge over the Atlantic” this rustic and historic Inn offers cosy pub meals in the main season
(April – October) and a more limited soup and sandwich style fare in the winter.
Dining in Oban
Oban is known as the Seafood capital of Scotland and there is plenty choice for dining out to suit every budget.
Eeusk on the main harbour is particularly good as well as The Waterfront Fishhouse and Cuan Mor on the High Street.
You can also buy fresh or cooked shellfish from the shops along the harbour.
Dining Further Afield
Two of our favourite Restaurants are located on the other side of Oban, at Appin: The Old Inn is wonderful for steaks and has real atmosphere and for the freshest seafood overlooking the Ferry to Lismore Island, The Pier House is a must visit.
What to See
Easdale Island Folk Museum
The folk museum has well designed displays depicting a range of topics from the slate industry, army volunteers, education, and public health to geology, boats, and entertainment. There are genealogical records for the Kilbrandon and Kilchattan parish as well as rent books, Masonic records, and a map of Easdale Island circa 1881 on hard copy. Easdale Island Folk Museum is open daily from 1 April to Mid October, 11.00am – 4.00pm. Open during the winter by arrangement.
Slate Islands Heritage Trust
The Heritage Centre houses a collection of photographs, artefacts and genealogical records related to the social and industrial life of the Slate Islands of Argyll, especially the people engaged in the former slate industry. These records cover the period 18-20th century. Individual visitors, parties and school groups are welcome to visit the Centre.
The centre is opened to the public daily 1030 to 1300hrs and 1400hrs to 1700hrs from April to October.
What to Do
Walks with Stunning Views
There are many walks around Easdale which open up the most stunning vistas. Look out for wildlife both at sea and on shore and don’t forget your camera!
Round Easdale Island, takes 20 minutes, or half an hour if you climb up to the top to the view point.
Ellenabeich Hill – Takes an hour, take the path over the style round by the back of the car park at Ellenabeich. Follow the path, please be aware this hill is very steep in parts and the path is not clear. It is worth the effort though as the view at the top is amazing!
Phuilladobhrain (Pool of Otters) – Takes 10 minutes to get there. Go to the Tigh an Truish pub on the Island of Seil 10 minutes from Easdale just next to the Bridge over the Atlantic. Have a large and delicious lunch. Work off the calories by taking the path alongside the pub on the bridge side, this will take you to the coast, a fine view and a archipelago of small islands.
These are many other lovely walks, please refer to http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/ for more information.
Sea Kayak Scotland
Based on the Isle of Seil which has a bridge to the mainland, 30 minutes from Oban. The orginal dedicated sea kayak company in the Oban area, established for over 15 years. They have an intimate knowledge of the area. A family company for the personal touch, who do it because they love it.
They offer fantastic coach and day trips but are very popular, so make sure to book!
Seafari Adventures are Oban’s 5* Visit Scotland marine wildlife tour operator. Operating out of Easdale these fast boat wildlife watching trips are an absolute must. The knowledgable skippers will keep you entertained whilst taking you to great wildlife spots. Look out for minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins, sea eagles and so much more!
Sealife Adventures operate whale and wildlife watching boat trips from their pontoon near Oban on the west coast of Scotland, overlooking Mull. All cruises visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool.
The area is exceptional for porpoise, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds.
They run 3, 4 and 5 hour tours from the mainland – All ages welcome!
Sea fishing is available at all times of the year from the shore. You can expect to catch pollack, coley, mackerel, spurdogs and many more species.
There are lots of tracks, paths and quiet roads where you can cycle in the area. Bike hire is also available locally from Sunny Brae Caravan Park.
Heading north from the Cottages you will come to the town of Oban where there are many things to see and do – not least access to Calmac Ferries for Island Hopping.
Other activities to include if you have time are:
The Sealife Sanctuary at Oban – Home to Scotland’s leading Seal Hospital. Meet the adorable seals and hear the touching stories behind their rescues or visit our playful otter, Lewis.
Why not take one of their amazing wildlife boat trips out on to the Loch? Leaving direct from the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, their Sea Xplorer boat trips take in spectacular scenery and stunning wildlife. With fun talks and feeding displays as well as so much to see and do, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy!
Oban Whisky Distillery – Visit the distillery in Oban and see how one of Scotland’s most popular malt whiskies is made. You’ll be able to taste it too!
Further on again you will come to the mighty Glencoe where there are many activities on offer from Segway to boat trips and even Skiing! Check out www.discoverglencoe.scot for more details.
Heading South from the cottages lies an unspoilt and charming area of Argyll where we recommend a visit to the following:
Kilmartin Glen & Museum – Kilmartin Glen is home to over 800 internationally significant prehistoric and early historic sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years, making it mainland Scotland’s most important archaeological landscape.
Arduaine Gardens – This wonderful coastal garden forms a horticultural tour around the temperate world with a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, Blue Tibetan poppies, giant Himalayan lilies and Chatham Island forget-me-nots.
Inverarary – further south again you’ll be able visit the Royal Borough Town of Inveraray where the Castle and Jail are popular attractions. See www.inveraray-argyll.com for further information.