The Slate Islands produced more than 9 million slates in their 19th-century heyday. Today the slate villages sit a little forlornly under their gray-slate crags facing a sometimes wild sea. The islands of Seil, Luing, and Easdale now largely subsist on their visitors and a little lobster fishing. Easdale's workers' houses have become a writers' and artists' colony; just across the narrow sound is Seil Island, reached by ferry, and beyond that the Isle of Luing.
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