Easdale island is unique. The smallest permanently-inhabited inner-Hebridean island, it was once the heart of Scotland’s slate mining industry. Nowadays, the car-free island, accessed by a short passenger ferry journey from Seil, is a go-to destination for visitors and holidaymakers looking for something different and special. Whether it’s peace, quiet and relaxation or adventure and activities you are after the island and surrounding area offer the very best of Argyll on Scotland’s famed west coast.
Things to do and see
Local attractions include: marine wildlife expeditions on Seafari boats, delicious local seafood at the Puffer (the island’s award-winning restaurant) and the island’s museum. There’s whisky tasting at nearby Oban distillery, castles, kayaking and sailing. Discover the meaning of ancient stone circles in Kilmartin Glen or walk the dozens of local hills and tracks. The island is the perfect location for family holidays where children can endlessly explore and play. There’s even a special quarry for those who like cool, clean and clear waters to swim in. If you would rather sit and watch the world go by in peace and tranquility, An Rubha offers the perfect location for that too.
An Rubha cottage
An Rubha is a traditional-style quarriers cottage with all modern amenities designed and built in 1999. It has everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. It offers unrestricted sea views across the Firth of Lorn towards the Isle of Mull.
The cottage has three bedrooms: two spacious double bedrooms upstairs and a further smaller double bedroom on the downstairs ground floor. The large, ground floor bathroom has a heated Easdale slate floor, a free-standing bath and a separate, walk-in shower.
The integrated lounge and kitchen area has an open fire and a large round dining table made from timber originally washed up on the island. A utility room houses the dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. There is plenty of storage space in the cottage and an enclosed garden to the front.
The kitchen is well equipped with utensils and have an electric hob, oven and microwave. The comfortable living area has a digital television, with a BT Vision package. There are several games and books to keep you entertained, children’s travel cot and high chair and coal for the open fire. The property has efficient storage radiators in the kitchen/lounge, with wall-mounted Dimplex heaters in the bedrooms. Bed linen and towels are provided. There is good wi-fi connectivity.
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“We love holidaying at An Rubha. As soon as we have parked at Ellenabeich on Seil, we unload our luggage and shopping and the klaxon to alert the passenger ferry to come over to pick us up. The ride across on the boat is fun. It only takes three minutes, but feels like you are on a big adventure. You can feel the weight lifting from your shoulders half way across. The ferrymen help us with all our belongings and from there it’s a only 100 metres to the cottage and our holiday can begin.
The cottage is perfect for all weathers. On a sunny afternoon, there’s nothing better than sitting on the stone bench in the front garden and gazing over the sea to Inish and Mull. Boats and dolphins come and go and time stands still. A walk round the island and up the hill – all 125 feet of it – works up an appetite for some local seafood, or a drink at the friendly Puffer bar and restaurant. On a clear day, many of Scotland’s most fabled islands are clearly visible: Jura, Colonsay and Islay to name but a few. We often head off the island for activities. The local area has lots to do like boat rides, kayaking, horse riding and a cinema, leisure centre and swimming pool in Oban. There’s often music, plays or exhibitions on in the island’s community hall.
An Rubha feels very homely: it has everything we need to prepare and cook a lovely meal and plenty of space to relax and unwind. The unique, circular kitchen table, made by a local craftsman using driftwood washed up on Easdale, is the focal point of the living space, where we eat, drink, play games or just chat.
These two upstairs bedrooms have blackout blinds, ensuring the bright Hebridean mornings don’t interrupt our beauty sleep. Waking with the peaceful sound of the water lapping the shore is unforgettable.”