Scarecrows are coming to Seil

Ron Hetherington says more scarecrows the merrier Seil's tatty bogle festival will be.

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Scarecrows will take over Seil this summer when islanders show off their tattie bogle-making talent to raise funds for the community hall.

Organisers are inviting people living and working on Seil to put on their thinking caps and get creative – scarecrows of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Two scarecrow trails outside homes and alongside roads, one across the island and the other in Ellenabeich, will give people the chance to admire islanders’ handiwork and choose their favourite.

‘The more scarecrows the merrier,’ says Ron Hetherington who came up with the idea that has stirred up so much enthusiasm on the island that the festival has sprouted into a week-long celebration, including a pop-up cafe, nature and heritage walks, sea trips, friendly football matches, a tug-o-war, a tattie bogle dance and the revival of Seil’s bygone highland fair.

‘We’re getting the whole community together and hope lots of people will cross the Atlantic Bridge to join us and help raise funds. It’s going to be a fantastic week. There’s some great ideas for scarecrows, some people have already finished theirs!’ said Ron.

It all starts on Saturday July 27 with an opening ceremony at the Atlantic Bridge where the Tigh an Truish will be joining in the fun.

On the island, Seafari has offered to run one-hour trips around Seil donating the proceeds to the island hall’s development funds. The Tigh an Truish and Oyster Bar are also signing up players for friendly football matches that week and Oban Dance Academy will be running an afternoon musical drama workshop  for six to 14-year-olds.

A Tug of War at the Tattie Bogle Highland Fair at the island hall on Saturday August 3 will give folk the chance to show some grit and muscle. Lots of stalls, a plant sale, dog racing, a Rubik cube challenge, hamburgers and hotdogs will also be at the fair. Seil coastal rowing, the golf club, drama group, fire brigade volunteers and the British Legion with an armoured ferret car are getting involved too.

Lyden and Dawn Singleton will be hosting a special scarecrow pub quiz at the Oyster Bar on Friday August 2 at 8.30pm, with John and Eileen Coulson taking on the roles of quiz masters. Still to be organised is a food fayre evening with bingo on Wednesday July 31.

As for the grand finale, tickets will be going on sale soon for the scarecrow dance on Saturday August 3 from 7pm to midnight featuring The Scott Harvey Band, a licensed bar and raffle.

Anyone wanting to make a scarecrow for the festival should get in touch with trail organiser George Mackenzie on 01852 300507 or email him at