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Slate Islands

A group of islands in the Firth of Lorn (Argyll and Bute), the Slate Islands are located 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Oban. These islands were the centre of a slate-quarrying industry from the at least the 16th century until the 1960s. Slate was a widely used roofing material throughout the country. Quarries are obvious on several of the islands, as are piers which were used to ship the slate to the mainland.

The islands include Luing, Seil, Shuna, Torsay, Easdale, Belnahua and Fladda. The Scottish Slate Islands Heritage Trust operates a museum on Easdale and Ellenabeich Heritage Centre on Seil Island.


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