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West Coast 200
The Route

Seil Island

No.20 on the route

As you continue south on the West Coast 200 route from Oban, ten miles later you’ll find yourself on the Island of Seil, which is a Hebridean island, part of the Slate Isles. Seil Island can be accessed by a bridge, rather than a ferry. This bridge, called Clachan Bridge, is known as the ‘Bridge Over the Atlantic’. It is a humped bridge that is so steep, that boats can pass underneath the bridge.

As you cross the bridge, you’ll first come across Tigh an Truish Inn which means ‘the house of trousers.’ This ancient inn got its name from the 1745 rebellion when the Government banned people from wearing tartan and kilts and from using the Gaelic language. At this inn, islanders would change into the trousers to visit the mainland after wearing their traditional clothing on the island.

Seil Island

Seil Island is also home to the beautiful gardens of An Cala, which is a great spot to enjoy colourful plants and fruit trees. If you prefer sports to gardens, then you can play nine-hole golf at the Isle of Seil golf course. This challenging golf course includes several holes that cross water including two holes that cross the sea.

Another great activity on Seil Island is to enjoy a boat trip that offers wildlife-watching. Several boats offer SeaFari and Sealife Adventures which take visitors on a ride to spot whales, dolphins, seals and eagles.