Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil, Slate Islands, Scotland

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Another beautiful day in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria.  We managed to visit a beautiful castle and a couple of wonderful churches, which I will post about when we get home.  But as we will be going to Scotland shortly after we get home, I wanted to finish off a couple of Scottish posts from 2016, before this years visit.  

The above photo galley is Ellenabeich, which is a former slate mining village on the Isle of Seil, which is one of the Slate Islands, known as ‘the islands that roofed the world’.  Seil is separated from the mainland only by the thinnest of sea channels which is spanned by the elegant 18th century humpback Clachan Bridge, popularly known as the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’.  

You can catch the small ferry from Ellenabeich, to the Island of Easdale and hopefully its something we will do on this years trip.

There is an interesting museum all about the islands and the slate industry, which was already well under way on Easdale Island itself by the mid 1500s, and more widely across the islands from 1745.  It continued at Ellenabeich until 1881 and on Easdale Island until 1911. A slate quarry at Balvicar was reopened in the late 1940s and operated sporadically for two decades more.

Also there is a lovely pub, and you may notice one of the photos of husband and our little dog Nancy, waiting for their lunch, with a wonderful view behind them.

May 2016

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