Two-Weekly Bin Collection for Both Bins

During the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the council will introduce a simplified, two-weekly bin collection from 6 April where recycling and general waste will be collected at the same time. Please put out up to two bins on the day that you would normally put out your recycling (blue bin/bag). First date for Seil will be 14th April ...

Coronavirus Caring for People Helpline

A dedicated helpline has been set up for people across Argyll and Bute who may need help during the coronavirus outbreak. The Caring for People helpline brings together partner agencies and covers a wide range of issues including help for those who are experiencing difficulties accessing food or prescriptions, business advice including access to grants and anyone who has financial or personal concerns.

The contact number 01546 605 524 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. An answer machine service will be available to leave a message out-with office hours and at weekends. A member of staff will get in touch during office hours. We want to do our best to get help where it is most needed. If you have other options, please leave this line open for vulnerable people who may not be able to help themselves. Thank you.


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Need help or want to volunteer?

For those that need help please ask them to phone the Argyll and Bute Caring for People Helpline service on 01546 605524 open 9-5 Monday to Friday or via the online help form that can be found here https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus-help-and-advice

For people looking to volunteer please can they register on the volunteer Argyll and Bute website for everything from telephone befriending to helping with shopping, DIY emergency repairs, dog walking services etc. https://volunteerargyllandbute.org/vk/volunteers/my_opportunities_events.htm ...

Seileachan April 2020

The latest Seileachan is now available as a PDF - just click the image to view or download. 

This issue is being sent out earlier than usual (no April lottery results, sorry!) by email to all the addresses we have. Remember, the link on the right is to a PDF - you can print it and put a physical copy through a letterbox if you have a neighbour who cannot access it electronically.


Latest coronavirus advice and info from the Practice 26/03

The advice is look at NHS INFORM https://www.nhsinform.scot/, if you need more advice the 0800 0282816 number and if you have worsening symptoms (also described on NHS inform website) then call 111.

The Oban Hospital is splitting its staff and building in to two, Covid and Non Covid. If you meet the criteria you will be assessed in the Red side (COVID side) or admitted straight to ward B (COVID WARD), all via 111. When the Hospitals are full people will have to be looked after at home.


West Coast Motors – 418 Bus Service

Safety is our number one priority during this time and we urge you to listen to the government's extremely important instruction and only travel if essential.

We would ask all customers to consider paying with contactless cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay or our app tickets rather than cash. Cash is still accepted however we would ask for each of you to try to avoid on bus cash payments. Two return trips per day.

Depart Oban: 0858 (Station) and 1400 (Supermarkets)

Depart Ellenabeich: 0947 and 1508. ...


TESCO From Monday 30 March
Mon-Sat 8am till 10pm , Sunday 10am- 8pm       Older, Vulnerable Customers: Mon, Wed, & Fri 9-am       NHS Staff: Tues, Thurs & Sun 9am-10am


Argyll & Bute Council – changes to bins, roads and amenity services

Keeping people safe from the spread of coronavirus means making changes to how we work. We must concentrate on the services that will help to keep people safe, and that the council must deliver by law. To ensure we have enough people to do what we need to do, we have made some changes to services. We will continue to:
  • Collect the general waste bins, maintaining the current schedule. Please put your general waste bin out on your usual day and we will collect it as soon as we can.
  • Providing burial and cremation services but limiting attendance to immediate family members only (up to a maximum number of 8);
  • Limit ferry and air travel via our ferries and Oban airport to emergency/essential travel only
  • Make repairs to dangerous defects in infrastructure and follow up inspections as required;
  • Respond to emergency call outs and winter maintenance as necessary; and
  • ...

No Blue Bin Collections

NO blue bin collections during the lockdown. Flatten everything and store it somewhere. Green bin collections to continue on schedule as far as possible ...

Balvicar Boatyard closed

Because of the current emergency Balvicar Boatyard is closed with immediate effect. Any questions, give Morag a ring on 300557 ...

Changes to GP & Covid-19 telephone system

From today - Monday 23rd March -  please DO NOT call your GP at Easdale Medical Practice with Covid-19 symptoms or questions related to Coronavirus.

For information go to NHSinform and if you can not find the advice phone the helpline 08000282816.  If you need more advice than is available online at NHS Inform, call NHS 24 on 111

For all other health matters: Call your GP. You should only call NHS 24 if your GP is closed and you cannot wait until they re-open. ...

Balvicar Stores – Update – Isolation Precautions

From Wendy:

Can I please ask

If you do not live on the island please don’t come to our shop. The island is on lock down and we are taking this very seriously 😒

You will be asked to leave!

Simple as that!

Thank you 😊

We are leaving a box outside shop for customers to leave shopping lists in if they wish to come down. Please leave cash or card in box and we will shop for you x ring the disable doorbell at the bottom of the stairs and go back to your car. We will return shopping and change or outside for you to collect x ...

Ferries and measures to discourage visitors

As you are all aware things continue to evolve and all ferries will now only take residents across and are closed to everyone else.

This has been reported in the news so doubtless you are already aware of these steps.  There are signs up advising of this and the Community Council are in the process of erecting further signs to try and stop tourists and visitors coming to Seil.  They  hope to have these up later today ...

Seil Island Community Hall – Coronavirus

Following the Prime Minister’s press conference and First Minister’s statement this afternoon, the Hall Trustees have decided to close the Hall for all events, meetings and club/group activities until further notice. The Hall will remain accessible for maintenance/cleaning, etc. Furthermore, the Trustees have decided, reluctantly, to close the Play Park until further notice. Since the Play Park is very popular, there is a real risk of transfer of virus by contact with the equipment, which could not be sanitised effectively, and by the interaction of small children and families which might detract from the social distancing that is required at this time. The playing field will be available to all for walking and general play, but any activity should be limited to a small number maintaining a safe distance between individuals (greater than 2m). The goal posts will remain out of service until further notice. The next Hall Committee Meeting ...

Easdale Medical Practice – UPDATE FROM THE SURGERY

Easdale Medical Practice - new surgery times from 1st July 2018 Monday                09:00am - 10:00am        3.30pm - 4.30pm ...

Balvicar Stores and Covid19

Balvicar Stores is fully stocked with everything you could need. There is a delivery service available and Wendy can now take card payments over the phone. Just ring on 01852 300373 or e-mail

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Public meetings have been cancelled during the Covid19 outbreak   See the Community Council Facebook Page ...


The Secretary of State for the Rural Economy has requested that people stay at home and do not come to rural areas to self-isolate as it could overwhelm local services. Visit Scotland have agreed with this, as have our local MP and most of the Argyll islands community councils and local communities. A Facebook group has been set up for people to request and offer help during the crisis - Seil Survival. The latest post - our own Seil lockdown singsong - is a fantastic example of community spirit - let's keep looking after each other. Please use this page responsibly - there are plenty of other places on the internet for a rant. The latest information from the Community Council can be found on their facebook page HERE. To play our part this site has shut down the Accommodation directory and other parts of the Business Directory for the ...


Vol. 21 No. 6  December 2017 Click here for December's issue Copy for the next issue should be sent to the editor, Sue Fenton, by 31 January: email hidden; JavaScript is required . Just tell Sue if you would prefer an email version. A copy will also be available on this site, where full minutes of community council meetings are also published ...

New phone directory

The Community Council would like to produce a new edition of the phone directory but due to GDPR legislation we need our permission to include your details. Due to introduction of legislation relating to the use of personal information we need your consent for your details to be printed in the directory. If you would like to be in the new edition you can email your details to

You can complete the  return slip at the bottom of your Seilachan  and leave it in the shop. Alternatively you can email your details to the Community Council secretary, Anne Foster, asking for the details to be included in the directory. Anne's email address is We would really wish to encourage people to send in their details as the directory is much appreciated by so many people.