Easdale Island is 17 miles from Oban. An ideal stop for catching a ferry to the Isles. Steeped in the history of the slate industry with scenery to take the breath away. No roads, so no cars; just endless peace and quiet. Couples, singles & families all welcome. A 3-minute ferry trip brings you away from the general hubbub of life and into a tranquility you will remember for years to come.
Easdale Island Ferry Timetable
Cost £2.20 payable on the return journey. Crossing takes approx 3 minutes
(Crossings marked * must be booked by noon on previous day by calling the ferry on 01852 300794)
Monday to Saturday
07.15*; 07.45; 09.00; 09.15; 09.30; 09.45; 10.15; 10.45; 11.15; 11.45; 12.15; 12.45
14.15; 14.45; 15.15; 15.45; 16.15; 16.45; 17.15; 17.45; 18.00; 18.15;
19.30; 20.00; 20.30; 21.00; 23.00*(Fri&Sat only)
09.15; 10.15; 10.45; 11.15; 11.45; 12.15; 12.45
14.15; 14.45; 15.15; 15.45; 16.15; 16.45; 17.15; 17.45; 18.15; 19.00*
Things to do
On the island
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
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 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
Easdale 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
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.
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.
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!
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
The Crinan canal and surrounding area is a great day out. A real gem to visit. Stunning scenery.
Where can I eat?
Puffer Bar & Restaurant, Easdale Island
The Puffer Bar is currently closed
Note: There is no food served in the evening on Sundays.
Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Ellenabeich
Delicious food using locally sourced produce available every day except Sundays and Mondays
Lunches 12 noon – 2pm
Evening meals 6pm – 8pm
11am – 10pm Sunday-Friday,
11am – 11pm Saturday
Phone number: 01852 300121