Things to do

Lots of people come to visit our area for its gorgeous views and outdoor activities. But I can’t pretend we always enjoy glorious sunshine The image at the top was taken last week, today we’re back to more familiar March weather. Luckily there are things to enjoy on a rainy day, out if you want to explore local heritage.

On Saturday several local organisations gave a presentation at the Rockfield Centre in Oban, itself worth a visit for its cafe and changing exhibitions. Some like Historic Environment Scotland are big national organisations with lots of sites under their care. Among our local attractions we have Dunstaffnage Castle and Bonawe Ironworks, which are well worth a visit, but be sure to check websites for up to date opening times and facilities. That goes for any planned trip.

In Oban you’ll find Dunollie Castle which has a great offer of – ‘pay once, visit all year’, a bargain for visitors as well as local residents. Between Oban and Seil in Lerags glen the Friends of Kilbride church have been working hard to protect and share this ancient site.

South of Seil is Kilmartin Glen full of prehistoric standing stones, burial kists, and cairns, they also have a museum but unfortunately it is closed for redevelopment this season.

Another museum, the fascinating Glencoe Folk Museum is due a major expansion, but not until next year, so you can put it on your list of places to visit.

Closer to home our own museum at Ellenabeich will be open Mon – Friday, and Sundays, from April. There’s also a museum over on Easdale, and our friends at the Isle of Luing history group have been busy uncovering and documenting their island.

So if history is your thing, there’s plenty for you to enjoy here on Seil, rain or shine.

Caroline xx


Signs of Spring

Wow! It’s been seven months since my last post. We’ve had a holiday of our own, to France.

Big picture Grande Place Lillie, others Bordeaux

We had a lovely time, despite one wee adventure trying to charge the car. (You needn’t worry about that here, we’ve an EV charger for guests – ask about prices)

January was busy with our panto,

Spot George helping to dismantle the stage

Now our thoughts are turning to Spring and beyond. We’ve had almost a week of clear weather with another few days promised. On Sunday we were treated to this amazing sight.

Aurora borealis reflected in the Sound, taken from the bridge. Sheiling to left of picture

We can’t promise you’ll see this, it’s the only time I’ve seen them like that. But Seil is a treat for your eyes in any case.

George has been taking advantage of the weather tidying up the garden and I’ve been looking out my recipe books.

Full online booking will be open soon and we’re looking forward to welcoming more lovely guests from mid-May.

See you then,

Caroline, George, and Bramble xx