Having ridden around the West of Scotland for over 40 years it can be hard to find somewhere new to go locally. But studying the map I found the Isle of Seil near the Highland town of Oban. It is an island, but only just. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow strip of water that looks like a river.
|Seil is connected to the mainland by the Clachan Bridge. I've featured this in the past but it looked different today…..
|…that is because the flowers that grow on the bridge were in bloom.
|They are fairy foxgloves (or alpine balsam), native to Central & Southern Europe.
|I continued into the island where (I'm sure) I've never been before. At Cuan there is a tiny ferry to the island of Luing
|Derelict farmhouse in Cuan
|At Ellenabeich there is a unusual and artificial-looking landscape.
|The beach shows why - it's made of slate. It was quarried here from the 17th until the late 19th century.
|A slate from the beach and I've found gold! Or, given the cubic shape of the crystals, iron pyrite.
|The FJ in the village
|Slate workers cottages
|The flooded quarries can be seen in an aerial view
|The things you come across!
|The ruined pier and the Isle of Easdale beyond
|The quarries on Easdale can be seen here (looking like volcanos)
|My next excursion into the unknown was along the road on the north side of Loch Melford.
|The road became very narrow and winding - luckily I didn't meet any vehicles.