With stunning views all year round, there's a wealth of places to visit and things to do in Appin making it a great holiday destination. And don't forget to pop in to Port Appin Stores and pick up a picnic for your days out!
The walk around Clach Thoul takes in the impressive natural arch with views from the point down the Lynn of Lorne towards Oban and Mull. Jubilee Bridge spans the tidal waters and marshland of Loch Laich and is a joy for birdwatchers to see wading birds, as well as offering stunning views of Castle Stalker on Eilean an Stalcaire (Hunters Island) - during the summer there are tours to the castle. In Port Appin, a walk across the bay at low tide provides outstanding views of Sgeir Bhuidhe, Port Appin's lighthouse with views over the loch to Kingairloch.
Nearby Loch Creran is well worth a visit either for walking or cycling. There's Glasdrum Wood, known for attracting butterflies, Fairy Bridge and ancients ways through to Ballachulish and Loch Etive.
The Walk Highlands website provides useful walking guides to these walks in and around Appin.
For a greater challenge, the mountains of Glen Coe, the Mamores, and Bens Nevis and Cruachan are all under an hour's drive away.
Cyclists delight at the miles of cycle track in the area - part of the National Cycle Track 78 and the Caledonia Way - built mostly on the disused Ballachulish railway track. There's a spur off the main track over Jubilee Bridge, where Castle Stalker on Eilean an Stalcaire (Hunters Island) dominates the view west from Loch Laich. The Appin loop follows the delightful and quiet North Shian road by the northern shore of Loch Creran into Port Appin village before rejoining the main cycle track in Appin. Click here for a Sustrans cycle route map.
On the water
Loch Linnhe is much loved by sailors, kayakers and fishermen. The skerries are home to geese, gulls, tern, eider ducks and cormorants to name but a few. Visitors are also often rewarded with sightings of white tailed eagles, seals, otters and porpoises. If you don't have your own craft, then Appin Boat Tours will take you on a magical trip from Port Appin to explore Loch Linnhe's scenery and wildlife.
The Isle of Lismore - from the Gaelic Lios Mor meaning big garden - is reached by the foot passenger ferry from Port Appin. Visitors are rewarded with a splendid day's walking or cycling. There's peaceful Port Ramsay, an Iron Age Broch, Castle Coeffin and Gaelic Heritage Centre (and cafe). At the south end of the island, the views are stunning of Lismore Lighthouse (built in 1833 by Robert Stevenson) and the Isle of Mull beyond.
Taking it easy
All this fresh air builds up an appetite! The View & Co cafe overlooking Castle Stalker is not to be missed; Port Appin's Pierhouse Hotel and Airds Hotel both feature award winning restaurants overlooking Loch Linnhe, and there's the Creagan Inn on the shores of Loch Creran. On Lismore, the Liosbeag Cafe is in the Gaelic Heritage Centre.