Last night, 7th February, the Hon. Mike Shaw came to Mull to talk about the ‘Islands that Roofed the World’. We held the event at Tobermory Church Hall and before the speaker, we all (just under 30 of us) sat down to a 3 course supper catered for by Linda Cameron of Knockvologan. The food was excellent and it put everyone into a receptive frame of mind for Mike’s talk. Mike has been involved with the Slate Islands Trust for many years and what he doesn’t know about the history of Seil and Luing is not worth knowing. His starting point was some 3 thousand years BCE (Before the Common Era) with a detailed discussion of how people moved around the Inner Hebrides – sea being the better option for travel – thus setting off the trade with the rest of Europe.  He told us about the development of the  slate industry leading to its peaks and final closure. He told us how amazing it was that nature took back the quarrying sites and made them beautiful again once the mining had come to an end.

We’ll probably be going to Seil for our Annual Outing this year – there is a lot to see and do there.