Seil Island

Number of views as of 22nd February 2015 = 975.

This shot was taken from just outside the former slate-mining village of Ellenabeich, the main settlement on the Island of Seil.

Seil is a small island on the east side of the Firth of Lorn, 10-12 miles south-west of Oban, Argyll, Scotland. Seil has been linked to the Scottish mainland since 1792 when Thomas Telford’s Clachan Bridge (otherwise known as the Bridge Over the Atlantic) was built.

The slate quarry at Ellenabeich was started by the Campbells of Breadalbane in 1745, and by 1842 new steam powered pumps meant that quarrying could take place to a depth of 250ft below sea level, in a vast pit separated from the sea by just a narrow strip of rock.

At the height of the industry in the 1870s, the combined output of the quarry at Elleneabeich and those at nearby Easdale Island, Luing and Belnahua filled ten steamers a week and it was justly claimed that these were “the islands that roofed the world”.

Date: 21st August 2008.

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The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • GlennB
    GlennBover 6 years ago

    Wow – really nice landscape – great foreground

  • Cheers Glenn, thanks for that!

    – RedHillDigital

  • hirst
    hirstover 6 years ago

    What a beautiful landscape!

  • Hello Shirley, many thanks for your comment.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tracey-Anne Pryke
    Tracey-Anne Prykeover 6 years ago

    fabulous colour, stunning landscape

  • Thans Tracey-Anne, I do appreciate your comments.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    what an idyllic place to live , it is beautiful and the colours are gorgeous.

  • Could be a bit wild in winter I would imagine, but on this summer day, you’re right it was gorgeous!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Anne Staub
    Anne Staubover 6 years ago

    Beautifl shot, great composition.

  • Thanks very much Anne.

    – RedHillDigital

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 6 years ago

    Breathtaking beauty- what a wonderful,magical place-am in love!! a fav for sure!!

  • Hi Pauline, thanks for the favourite & for your kind words!

    – RedHillDigital

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 6 years ago

    This brings back happy childhood memories of a boat trip to Seil island when on holiday in Oban , a beautiful image and that splash of floral colour in the foreground is a wonderful inclusion,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Hi Rod, glad this brought back happy memories for you! We too were on holiday in Oban. Thanks for your comments.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 6 years ago

    Stunning shot, great composition and colours…
    This really is a beautiful place mate..

  • Certainly is Jason, at least on a sunny day! Thanks for that.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 6 years ago

    Lovely shot …

  • Thanks again!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Fiona MacNab
    Fiona MacNabover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot. I love the burst of colour in the foreground.

  • Many thanks Fiona for your comments and favourite.

    – RedHillDigital

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