Day 130 : Kilchoan Bay – Clachan Bridge

I walk to the end of the road from Melford to the Ardmaddy estate at the end of another peninsular with beautiful scenery and great views out to sea. I pick up the bridle path across the estate towards Ardmaddy castle.

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The castle sits on rising ground overlooking Seil Island. The castle looks more like a Georgian stately home than a castle. There are several cottages on the estate that are let out for holidays.

The castle also has well laid out gardens with a walled garden with dwarf box hedges and herbaceous borders. There is also a water garden with two ponds, bluebell woods and a fine collection of rhododendrons. A newer feature is the clock garden with water features and flowers.

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I make my way to Clachan where I cross over the Clachan Bridge, or “Bridge over the Atlantic” to Seil Island. The bridge is a single arch spanning the Seil Sound, built by Robert Mylne.

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Just over the bridge is the inn called “Tigh an Truish”. The name derives from the Gaelic as “House of the Trousers” which goes back to when the kilt was banned from the mainland and the men from the island would have to change into trousers before crossing the bridge.

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There are two other islands that lie off Seil Island, Luing and Easdale. I walk down to Cuan to see the ferry that goes to Luing. Some of the inhabitants are involved in farming or fishing but must commute to Oban for work. I then walk to Ellenabeich where there is a ferry to Easdale.

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Ellenabeich is where they used to quarry slate and you can see the spoil from this all around you.  The village is made up a long line of workers cottages and a harbour.