Lou's journal update from the islands close to her home in Oban

Lou explores her local islands: Kerrera, Lismore and Slate Islands

Day 1: Arrival on Lismore

I set off from Oban with high spirits, boarding the ferry to Lismore. The journey across Loch Linnhe was beautiful. I love seeing the sea reflecting the clear blue sky - yes, I had a godo weather day! Upon arrival, I immediately felt at home. The island’s lush greenery and tranquil atmosphere felt good for the soul after a busy few weeks. I checked into a quaint B&B run by a friendly local family. After settling in, I explored the historical sites, including the ancient broch and the ruins of Castle Coeffin.

Day 2: Exploring Kerrera

I took the morning ferry to Kerrera, excited to visit the Gylen Castle and hike its coastal trails. The castle, perched dramatically on a cliff, was a great spot for taking in the breathtaking views. Later, I wandered through the island’s trails, enjoying the mix of wildlife around. It's uch a rugged island which I find quite beautiful as it makes me realise my passion for conservation and how much I love for Scotland’s natural landscapes.

Day 3: Cycling on Luing

I headed to the Slate Islands, starting with Luing. I cycled around the island, enjoying the scenary and remoteness as it was so quiet. The Atlantic Islands Centre offered interesting facts into local history and geology. A great mixed day learning and just relaxing!

Day 4: Exploring Seil and Easdale

Today was all about Seil and Easdale. Crossing the Bridge Over the Atlantic to Seil was something I had always wanted to do. I took a boat trip around the coastline, fascinated by the amount of marine life and geological features which the boat trip organisers pointed out. Easdale, with its historic slate quarries, is a rich blend of history and natural beauty.

I've loved these small trips through the smaller islands and Slate Islands - they've felt sort of magical. Each island offered unique landscapes, rich biodiversity, and fascinating history. The calm environment provided a perfect place for both personal reflection and professional inspiration. I return home with a better understanding of these incredible ecosystems, a fresh passion for conservation, and countless sketches and photos to inspire me creatively! I’m already dreaming of my next adventure.

— Lou



Enjoy an accessible island experience from Oban by taking a short ferry to Kerrera from Gallanach

Visitscotland Gylen Castle

Take the road south of Oban, cross the Bridge over the Atlantic to Seil, Easdale and Luing.

Visitscotland Clachan Sound

Take a short ferry journey from Oban or Port Appin, for wildlife, fascinating historical sites and glorious views.

Visitscotland Lismore