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Reached by ‘The Bridge over the Atlantic’, built in 1792/93, the island was once the centre of Britain’s slate industry. Easdale harbour was then a busy place. In 1825 it was used by 525 ships, the slate being taken to roof houses as far away as Nova Scotia, Melbourne, and Dunedin in New Zealand.

Just beside the harbour is Ellenabeich, or Easdale Island as it is popularly known. It is reached by a ferry, across a narrow channel. Slate workers cottages surround the 250 ft deep old quarry flooded in the violent storm of 1831. As a result of this 240 families lost their livelihood. Their story is told in the Easdale Folk Museum.

Find out more on Easdale from Wikipedia
 

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