Easdale Island Folk Museum

Are you interested in Folk History? Or are you looking for an interesting day out in Argyll and the Islands? Well then, look no further than Easdale Island Folk Museum! The island itself became an increasingly sought-after location with the birth of their Slate industry after the Marble and Slate Quarrying Company was set up there. The museum was founded in 1980 by Chris Nicholson and the first museum curator Jean Adams was herself a direct descendent of one of the famous Slate Quarrying families.

Where can I find Easdale Island Musuem?

When travelling from Oban, follow the A816 for 9 miles. Then head over the Clachan Bridge to Seil Islan, from there follow on to the village of Ellenabeich. This is where the ferry to Easdale is located, this journey only takes a few minutes.

The museum features a unique array of displays, celebrating all different aspects of this famous old industry, which was so prominent in the area for decades. These Displays showcase activities such as Army volunteers, Geology, Ships and even entertainment. This tour will spark the imagination of all guests, and since the museum is run by an educated and hugely dedicated group of volunteers, you can be safe in the knowledge that all your questions will be answered in detail. The museum is open from the 1st of April until the end of September, from 11 am to 4 pm. So why not make the most of your day out and discover a hidden history on Easdale Island?

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Charity Garden Opening - Ardmaddy Castle

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