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Despite being a small island with only 60 inhabitants, life on the tiny island of Easdale is never dull, as Iain Hill, who runs Sea.fari adventures, would be only too happy to verify.
The family-run company offers exciting boat adventures which give people the chance to get up close and personal with some of Scotland’s most magnificent sea life and wildlife, including seals, dolphins, whales, all types of sea birds and even red deer.
Speaking about how he got involved in running the tours, Iain said: “|’ve been knocking around boats since I was about five-years-old so I’ve always know the sea and it’s where I’m most comfortable, out on the boat.”
He added: “My family came up her and started Sea.fari Adventures about 12 years ago now. We run marine eco tours in the firth of Lorne which is a special area of conservation.”
There is a vast amount of wildlife and sea animals living on Easdale, or Eilean Eisdeal to give it its Gaelic name – even during the cold winter months.
And with no roads or public transport on the island, apart from the local open-top ferry which takes residents and visitors back to the mainland, boat is by far the best way to get around and see the amazing animals and scenery surrounding the smallest permanently inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides.
“I do a job which I love, out on the water every day, and seeing everyone getting off the boat having enjoyed it so much just makes the job even more worthwhile,” Iain said, adding: “It’s an amazing place to live. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”
The Hour has been finding out all about life on Easdale. Read the other features from the show, which highlight the other things to see and do on the island, a closer look at some of the integral characters that live there and major events, and a bit more about the history, and modern day way of living, on the beautiful island.
You can also find out more about Sea.fari Adventures on Easdale from the company’s website: www.seafari.co.uk/oban