Imagine crossing a bridge over the Atlantic to visit an island that can lay claim to have ‘roofed’ the world. Journey to the Isle of Seil in Argyll on the north west coast of Scotland and you can. Seil, the most northerly of the Slate Islands is truly one of Scotland’s gems.
The Isle of Seil
The Isle of Seil on the north west coast of Scotland is a real gem. Not is it just one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands it can also lay claim to be the only island joined to the mainland by a ‘bridge across the Atlantic’ and one that has provided enough slate to ‘roof the world’.
Ten miles south of Oban and reached by taking a minor road off the main A816, the island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water, the Clachan Sound. Spanning the Sound stands the Clachan Bridge. Built in 1792 of stone it is steeply hump-backed with a single span arch 72 feet wide. More romantically it is known as the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ or the Atlantic Bridge. Over the bridge lies the little hamlet of Innish and the famed Tigh an Truish Inn or ‘house of the trousers’. This attractive inn became so named after the 1745 Jacobite Risings when the wearing of the kilt was banned; and was the place where islanders journeying to the mainland would change from their kilts into trousers.
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