Things to do

ON THE ISLAND

Embroidery Workshop
Along with running the B&B we also have an embroidery business supplying businesses and individuals with whatever embroidery needs they have be it large corporate businesses or a one off birthday present for Grandma. You may request to see the embroidery machines in action. With a stock catalogue of 20,000 designs perhaps you would like a custom embroidered hoodie or polo-shirt or baseball cap?

Easdale Island Museum
Visit the island museum and find out about the slate quarrying industry of the area, together with the lives of the people who lived and worked on the island down through the years.
Open 1st April – end October 11am – 4pm
To find out more visit http://www.easdalemuseum.org

Merlin Whistles
Merlin whistles1Merlin whistles are hand-made here on Easdale Island. Visit the workshop in the “Crystal Palace” and while away an afternoon chatting to the whistle maker himself. For those purchasing a whistle free tuition is available. No part of any whistle is machine-made or moulded, so the whistle you buy will be unique to you.
http://merlin-music.com/

Guided Seaweed Foraging
Explore the edible seashore of Easdale Island on a fun foraging foray. Find out which seaweeds are good to eat. Sample the seaweeds in season and get tips on how to cook with them. The trip is finished with a hot drink or warm soup and a snack. You can even take away what you have foraged!
To find out more visit http://www.slateislandsseaweed.com/foraging or call Duncan on 01852 300314 / 07736319200

Seafari Adventures
Seafari Adventures offers exceptional wildlife and nature boat trips to see whales, porpoises, sea birds from Ellenabeich just across the water from Easdale Isalnd. Experience the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the World’s Third Largest Whirlpool.
Day tours to Iona, Staffa and the Puffin colony. Whale watching during June, July and August.
To find out more visit http://www.seafari.co.uk/oban or call on 01852 300003

Kayaking
SeaKayakScotlandEasdale is an ideal base for sea kayakers who want to explore the small islands of the Inner Hebrides or the rugged coast of beautiful Argyll. If you need advice or you want to hire equipment then try Sea Kayak Scotland – based in Balvicar just 5 miles away they are very convenient for Easdale. Sea Kayak Scotland is run by “a level 5 sea kayak coach who has been based in the area for 15yrs
http://www.seakayakscotland.com/ or call 01852 300770 / 0771918431

Fishing
Easdale Island has seven flooded quarries. Choose which one in which to cast your line – if Mr Fishy won’t bite, try another….. Why not catch a crab off the jetty? No licence needed to fish anywhere on the island.

Swimming
One of the flooded quarries is a natural swimming pool. Shallow at one end and deep at the other it is used frequently by people for outdoor swimming. Being not so deep the water warms fairly quickly in the summer sun – so I’m told!! Bring swim gear and/or wetsuits.

Sailing
Easdale is a useful place to stop off for a couple of nights on a sailing holiday. A safe harbour for your boat and using our B&B, a bed on solid ground whilst you make use of the shower and washing machine, not forgetting a welcome pint and a delicious meal in the Puffer or Oyster Bars!

Pigs & Bees, Hawks and Ferrets
We have two Mangalista Pigs, a very rare breed. They have long, curly, woolly coats which makes them look more like sheep with snouts!
Our bee hive is in our garden. Honey bees are not aggressive unless annoyed. Please don’t annoy them! Annoying 40,000 bees is a bad idea!
We have Harris Hawks. You may watch them being fed and flown. Sometimes it is possible to hold and feed Marmalade – it depends on her mood and my time!
The ferrets are rabbit hunters. We don’t have rabbits on the island so their fun has been somewhat curtailed since moving here! Hopefully we’ll manage to sort the rabbit problem at Balvicar golf course out once the long grass has died back and we can find the holes.

The World Stone Skimming Championships
Held every year in late September this is a non too serious contest to see who can skim a stone across the Skimming Quarry and hit the back wall. Attracting approximately a thousand people from near and far the island is transformed from a quiet though vibrant community to a mass of fun loving crazyness!

FURTHER AFIELD BUT WITHIN DAY TRIPPING DISTANCE

Crinan Canal
CrinanLockThe Crinan canal and surrounding area is a great day out. A real gem to visit. Stunning scenery.
https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/canals/crinan-canal/