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Argyll - Islands of Seil & Easdale - Scotland

The great storm of November 1881 was the death knell for the slate industry on the islands of Seil and Easdale south of Oban. The deep quarries were flooded by the sea and many jobs lost.

Today this is an idyllic spot with rows of whitewashed former slateworkers’ cottages, a sheltered harbour, and a folk museum, reached by ferry. The flooded quarries are the venue each year for the World Stone Skimming Championships.

Slate Islands © Robert J Rae