Welcome to Seil
On the west coast is the pretty conservation village of Ellenabeich, with whitewashed cottages and rainwater barrels backed by a wee harbour and rocky cliffs. It was built to house local slate workers, but the industry collapsed in 1881 when the sea broke into the main quarry – the flooded pit can still be seen.
Just offshore is small Easdale Island, which has more old slate-workers' cottages and the interesting Easdale Island Folk Museum. The island once housed 450 people, but the population fell to just seven old-timers by 1950. It now has a healthier 50-odd after a program welcoming incomers.
Confusingly Ellenabeich is also referred to as Easdale, so 'Easdale Harbour', for example, is on the Seil side.