Easdale | Nigel Spencer

About

Easdale might be the smallest permanently inhabited island in the inner Hebrides but it's also home to the World Stone Skimming Championships! As a conservation island, there are no paved roads, no ‘on’ road vehicles and no street lighting. The one thing that is plentiful is slate – the island was once at the centre of the Scottish slate industry – and the seven water-filled quarries and abundance of flat stones explain its popularity with stone skimmers. Enjoy the traffic-free peace or head to the Puffer Bar for some local colour!

Famous For

  • The island was the centre of the Scottish slate industry for more than a hundred years. Some of the most prestigious buildings in Scotland are roofed with Easdale slate. During the 19th century, slate was exported from this tiny island to British colonies overseas, including Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

  • As home to the World Stone Skimming Championships, Easdale attracts competitors from far and wide every autumn to give it their best shot in the island's quarries.

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  • Easdale is stunning at any time of year but it really is at its best in the spring, with beautiful sunsets and stunning views from the top of the hill.

  • The island's pioneering doctor, Patrick Gillies (1869–1931), was the instigator of school medical services in Scotland and an ardent advocate of preventative medicine in public health.

  • Easdale's quarries go as deep as 180ft, with sheer sides. Some are not recommended for swimming. However, there is good fishing to be had in those quarries washed by the high tides.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Easdale accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Easdale at the links below

Easdale Island

Easdale Island Folk Museum

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Easdale ferry is operated by Argyll and Bute Council and leaves from Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil. Seil is connected to the mainland by a bridge and buses run between Oban on the mainland and Ellenabeich.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

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