An Lionadh, Easdale Island, Argyll
Easdale Island, Argyll, Scotland
- The jaw-dropping views of 13 islands on the Atlantic Ocean at your front door.
- Your own shingle beach laden with Fools' Gold out front.
- Piano for guests use in the large sunfilled sitting room.
- Boat access only, for that castaway holiday feel where the locals use wheelbarrows to pick up their shopping.
Good To Know
- Parking on the island is not available, leave your car behind at the ferry terminal in Ellenabeich.
- Up to two pets welcome by prior arrangement.
- There is a seasonal menu available at the local pub so be sure to take all your groceries with you - although there's a P.O. and shop nearby on the mainland.
- On Easdale dine out at The Puffer Inn for evening meals of fresh local produce.
- There is also the adjoining Tearoom that serves cake, coffees and teas.
- A few miles up the road on the mainland, you can pop into Balvicar village for Balvicar Stores for any last minute supplies.
- Oban is 30 minutes from Ellinabeich where there are any number of restaurants and shops for larger grocery shops if needed.
- Visit the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world Corryvreckan, head out on whale watching tours and day tours to Iona and Staffa, which includes visiting the Puffin Colony.
- September welcomes the World Stone. Skimming Champioships to Easdale.
- Easdale Fools Gold can be found all around the island on the beaches in the slate which used to be mined on the island.
- Basking sharks, dolphins, minke whales and porpoises are all regular visitors in the surrounding area as well.
- If you are into sea kayaking this is a kayakers paradise, explore the inlets, nooks and crannies of the island from your base at An Lionadh.
- Oban is famous as ‘Gateway to The Isles' with many of the island ferries docking here and lots of local shops and restaurants to visit including the Oban distillery or take a day trip to McCaigs tower.
- Days out include visits to Kilmelford, Kilmartin Museum (there's not many places where you can see a bronze age pot and look out the window and see where it came from), Inverawe Country Park, Tralee Bay, Cruachan Power Station, St Conan's Kirk, Inverary Castle and Inverary Jail.
An enchanting seashore cottage with mesmerising views on the edge of the Atlantic ocean - seek wild and carefree Swallows and Amazon adventures on the car free Island of Easdale.
An Lionadh offers a very special stay with a different rhythm of life, where memories are made, generations unite and adventures are aplenty. With its shore side setting and mesmerising views of no less than 13 islands on the west coast of Scotland, you can immerse yourself in surround sound nature and the raw natural beauty of island life. A car free wilderness where days are filled with beach forays, wild swimming, treasure hunting, relaxing, reading, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching, and generally pottering about. Ideal for family gatherings and special celebrations. Perfect for romantic escapes or family adventures.
As you leave your car behind you in Ellenabeich and zip away your keys, that relaxing holiday feeling will wash over you; your holiday is just beginning. Boarding the local fast island ferry (just 3 minutes to cross) takes on a whole new meaning as you share your crossing with locals, returning visitors and shopping for the small close-knit community that will embrace you for the duration of your stay. It is the smallest permanently inhabited island in the Inner Hebrides with only 60 houses and is known as ‘the island that roofed the world' due to its slate mining history.
Your seashore cottage
An Lionadh is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a family stay, the well equipped kitchen has a multi fuel stove, large dining table and cupboards. There are more books than you could possibly get through during your stay if you like to lose yourself on holiday in a good book. Little guests will love the selection of board games available as well as the herculean selection of DVD's to watch during your stay. Why not tickle the ivories on the piano thoughtfully provided for guests or eye spy through the binoculars and spot the exciting wildlife on the island. Good Wi-Fi keeps you linked with mainland living if you need to check in now and again, and there's a TV in the living room for family film nights.
The house has 4 bedrooms, sleeping 8 people - two doubles, a twin, and a room with a bunk bed (bottom bed is a double) which also has an en-suite toilet. There are also two campbeds if you have an overspill of two guests by prior arrangement. The bathroom downstairs is sizeable, with a big bath and a heated towel rail and there is also the very handy laundry room, with a washing machine and tumble dryer. There's lots of space for spreading out and for families gathering and oodles of hot water with all linen and towels for guests provided. Aside from the beach on your doorstep there's a huge garden area perfect for lazy days and alfresco dining or picnics with the family.
Mesmerising views in all directions
Every room offers a different perspective with stunning views of the outlying isles. The jaw-dropping seascape from the dining table has an enviable backdrop for holiday dining. Comfy sofas, armchairs and seats surround the large living space and light floods in from the large picture windows on each wall. Sit by the fire of an evening, for a cosy night in and enjoy swopping stories, or planning the next day's adventures - where special memories are made. With no light pollution and sparkling star filled skies you can trace Orions Belt or catch a glimpse of the Milky Way for the very first time.
Only 16 miles south of Oban, An Lionadh is very accessible. Situated in the Firth of Lorn, about 16 miles south of Oban, Argyll, it covers an area of less than 10 hectares. The island lies about 200 metres off the Island of Seil which itself is connected to the mainland by the 200 year-old Clachan Bridge, the "Bridge over the Atlantic". Although the island is small, there's so many areas to explore and visit. Follow the coastline and go crabbing or fishing, paddling or shell collecting. Many guests like to walk, paint or draw, other enjoy the peace and tranquillity with the gentle sounds of the shore being the only interruption. Beachcombing, creating stone sculptures, chipping out the fools gold, rock pooling, crabbing, walking, fishing in the quarry, BBQs, boat trips, kayaking and swimming (wet suits recommended) are some of the things you can do on the island. Go gold mining, the beach is brimming with gold (fools gold); Easdale Slate, as the island used to be a main provider for the Scottish mining industry. The Island had as many as seven working quarries, some of which extended down to 300 feet below sea level. Together with other quarries on the neighbouring islands of Seil, Luing and Belnahua the Island gave its name to the famous Easdale Slate which was exported to Glasgow, Ireland and beyond in fact all over the world.
Wildlife and walking
Follow the slate paths which circle the Island and climb the hill to take in unrivalled views of Mull, the Garvellachs, Scarba and beyond. Flooded quarries paint ageold reminders of the slate quarrying that can be revisited at the local museum which is well worth the visit. The shoreline offers the opportunity for beachcombing, soaking up the fresh Atlantic air and wildlife sightings. Seals and dolphins can often be seen close by, and occasionally sea otters, basking shark and minke whales make an appearance. Many species of birds can be sighted from the island including shags, buzzards, golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, kestrels, ravens and many different gulls.
The Puffer bar serves beer and local craft ales as well as an excellent seasonal menu serving locally sourced produce, freshly prepared. During the day the Puffer is a delightful tearoom offering freshly prepared snacks and lunches, daily seafood specials, an array of home baking, cream teas, ground coffee, loose leaf teas, Ice Cream & soft drinks. An outside patio overlooking the island's harbour provides views of the Firth of Lorn, Isle of Mull, Inish Island and Ellenabeich. There is also an adjacent community owned playpark to keep the kids entertained with haunted pirate ship, swings and balance beam.
The Easdale Island Community Hall close by holds concerts and events and serves as an arts centre, and there's also the Folk Museum with its interesting displays of local history. There is also the World Stone Skimming Championships held in Easdale every September,
Easdale is a great base for exploring the area nearby with Oban approximately 30 minutes drive. A firm favourite of visitors to the island is to try your hand at stone painting, a fun activity for all ages and a keepsake memory from your island adventure. Take Seafari Adventures (Oban) from Easdale and explore the the sea and bird life or go seek out the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. You might catch the basking sharks, dolphins, minke whales and porpoises who all regular grace the waters. Seafari also offers private charters for guests as well as visits to Iona and Colonsay.
Head out on a day trip where you can be in Oban in 30 minutes by car from docking. Oban, also known as "Gateway to the Isles" offers an opportunity to go shopping, visits a whisky distillery where you can see master craftsman making malt whisky or take a trip up to McCaigs tower at the top of the hill. The Cuan Ferry is another excellent day out where you can explore Luing, and the Atlantic Centre. Other local places of interest while on a day trip could also include Kilmelford, Kilmartin Museum Inverawe Country Park and Smokehouse, The Isle of Kerrera, Tralee Bay, Cruachan Power Station, St Conan's Kirk, Port Appin, Lismore, Inveraray Castle or Inverary Jail.
An Lionadh offers a unque family adventure, where time stands still, special memories are made and families can relax and reconnect.
There is a 25% non refundable deposit at time of booking.
GUESTS COMMENTS :
"Exactly what we had hoped for - Loved every day. We had sunshine and storms, both just as much fun. The kids loved it as much as the adults and we will definitely be back."
"Perfect Getaway - We had a wonderful holiday week here, where we ‘recharged our batteries' and returned home refreshed and ready to face the long winter. The cottage is spacious, homely and well equipped. Our highlights were the incredible views and sunsets all enjoyed from the house and garden, waking up to the sounds of the sea was magical and we hope to visit again.
"A really well equipped comfortable and homely cottage - Along with members of my family and friends we have just spent a thoroughly enjoyable four nights at An Lionadh on Easdale. The house was extremely well equipped and more like a home than a holiday let. We were made extremely welcome by the residents of the island. The Puffer Bar and restaurant had a fantastic atmosphere and once again we were made very welcome. Our visit coincided with a comedy evening in the community hall and we were made to feel included in the proceedings. I can recommend without hesitation the cottage, the island and its friendly residents."
"Views that take your breath away - We
had a magical week staying at An Lionadh; such an antidote to modern life. The
house is spacious, comfortable and full of character and treasures. We felt
immediately relaxed and enjoyed the mass of books, maps and games. There's even
a piano and guitar for guests to use. The views from the huge picture windows
looking out to sea are phenomenal. With only a lawn between you and the
beautiful round, stoney beach (perfect for skimming and painting!) you feel so
close to the ocean and wake up to the sound of the waves. The Island itself is
lovely with no cars, friendly locals and a great pub called the Puffin serving
gorgeous fresh seafood (remember to book!). We ate there most days and enjoyed
swimming and fishing in the quarries and crabbing in the harbour. Easdale is a
great spot to use as a base for visiting the other islands round about. The
friendly folk at Seafari adventures offer day trips wildlife spotting and are
based on the island.
A truly memorable and magical family holiday - we will be back!"
"A wonderful escape - We stayed here in July
this year and had the most relaxing time away from everything. The island is
lovely. You just get a little boat over which takes about 3 minutes! There are
no cars on the island itself, so kids can roam free and it's safe and calm.
There are fantastic quarries to swim and jump in, where the water is genuinely
warmer than swimming in the open sea!
There is a really nice cafe/bar on the island that serves great pub style food and very delicious seafood. There are also some great boat trips that leave daily from the main dock. We did one of these while we stayed and all loved it. We will definitely do more next time.The house itself is great, very spacious and well equipped, with plenty of room for two families. The views from the house are truly amazing. Will definitely go back!"