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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.
The little peninsula of Appin, a 20-minute drive from Oban, is a charming, well-kept secret. Just 2 miles along a narrow road from the main...
Compact Bowmore is a good base for touring because it's central to Islay's main routes. Sharing a name with the whisky made in the distillery...