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, Chattan offers the perfect location for that too.
The accommodation at Chattan includes a spacious double and twin bedrooms upstairs with a further double bedroom on the ground floor. The generously-sized bathroom has a heated Easdale slate floor, and a bath with shower.
The kitchen is well equipped with utensils, cutlery and crockery and has a gas hob and electric oven. There’s a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, fridge-freezer, microwave and Nutribullet blender. The large lounge has a digital television, with Sky TV sports package and a wood-burning stove.
There is a south-facing patio with garden furniture to the rear of the property, which is accessed via French doors from the kitchen. There are several games and books to keep you entertained and unlimited free fuel for the stove. The property has efficient storage radiators in the lounge, with wall-mounted Dimplex heaters in the bedrooms. All bed linen and towels are included. There is good wi-fi connectivity.
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“Chattan is a beautiful cottage, where so many happy holiday memories can be made. It’s situated only 75 metres from the slipway where the passenger ferry berths and when you stand at the front door all you can see are hills, sea and islands.
We love sitting on the patio at the back of Chattan, having our breakfast in the morning sun. By afternoon, we’re round the front of the cottage, on a bench or perched on the wall, looking over to Mull or watching the ferry coming and going with locals and visitors.
There’s so much to do on such a small island: we love exploring the rocky shoreline, picking up pieces of slate and shells and finding fool’s gold embedded in the rock. The panoramic view from the top of the hill reveals a lush landscape, with ever-changing light and shade on far-off islands. From above, the island reveals its history of slate mining which stopped in the late 19th century. In summer, people meet and swim in one of the quarries at the back of the island: the cool, salty water invigorating and refreshing.
We also love doing day trips from the island, and there is so much to do and see in this part of Argyll, whatever the weather and time of year. Staying at Chattan makes us feel like we are a million miles away from our cares and worries. The island’s relaxed charm helps us unwind and we’re always sorry when it’s time to go home.”