Things to do in Argyll: Port Appin, Appin and Oban


Clach Thoull - Port Appin - An easy half hour walk

This gentle stroll takes you around the headland of the Appin peninsula beginning at the gateway opposite the hotel car park entrance.  The views down the Firth of Lorne and across to Lismore are wonderful.  The track, which is good, takes you past several interesting bits of rock architecture : cliffs,  caves and the sea-arch from which the walk takes its name "the rock with a hole". Seals are often seen swimming off the point at Appin rocks and you may be fortunate to see the family of otters. The end of this walk brings you out at Port Appin pier and if you continue along the road you will return to the Hotel.

Loch Laich – Port Appin – 1 hour plus walk

Opposite the village shop, take the track between two houses and either cross the bay, it is firm ground, or follow the fence line (according to the state of the tide), and continue northwards around the bay to Loch Laich where Castle Stalker can be clearly seen.   Continue outside the fence line until the road is reached, turn right and return to the hotel.

Oban Sea Life Centre - Barcaldine - 20 minute drive time - 01631 720 386

This sea life centre has something to entertain every taste, from the explorers club and touchpools to the frantic fish feed stop! The centre also contains Scotland's most successful 'rear and release' scheme,  which nurses stray, sick or abandoned common seal pups back to health and returns them to the wild. You will have an educational visit but a fun filled one. www.sealsanctuaries.com

Adventure Boat Trip - Port Appin - 1½ hours

Take a 1 ½  hour adventure boat ride on Loch Linnhe. This trip, in a Super R.I.B. launch is great fun and exhilarating.  You can pick the boat up in Oban or for real indulgence they will come and pick you up in Port Appin if you are hiring the boat exclusively. The trip takes you around Loch Linnhe stopping at many points to take in the sites. You stand a good chance of seeing seals and birds of prey, sometimes even porpoises and dolphins as well as the various ruins on Lismore and a closer view of Castle Stalker (tide permitting). You are advised to wrap up extremely well as it can get very cold and sometimes wet. You will be dropped back in Oban or at Port Appin pier if you have taken the exclusive trip.

Lettershuna Riding Stables - Appin - 10 minutes drive time - 01631 730 227

The stables have a large variety of horses and ponies to suit everyone.  Lessons are available and very popular pony treks go around the coast and surrounding area. www.lettershunaridingcentre.com

Port Appin Bike Hire - Port Appin - 5 minutes walk - 01631 730 326

This is the perfect place for hiring bicycles and you can take a cycle around the immediate area along the back road which is very quiet.  It is also very popular to take the bikes onto the ferry and have a nice scenic ride around the Island of Lismore.

 

Ardchattan Priory & Gardens – Connel – 20 mins drive

13th century priory founded by the Valliscaulian monks, with explainatory plaques by Historic Scotland. www.ardchattan.co.uk

Castle Stalker  - Appin - 5 minutes drive time - 01631 730 234

Castle Stalker, which you pass on the way to the Hotel, was built in the mid-sixteenth century for the Stewarts of Appin, whose kinsman, James V, used it as a hunting lodge.   It has been restored by the family who currently own it and is now used regularly by the family as a holiday home. The flag is raised  when they are staying. Visits can be arranged when the castle is occupied and two weeks during August. www.castlestalker.com

The Ruins of Lismore - Island of Lismore - 20 minute ferry crossing

The island of Lismore is literally strewn with ruins. There is a broch,  Viking castle, and part of the existing church dates back to St Moluag's Abbey in the 13th century.  To get to Lismore you take the ferry from Port Appin pier, it leaves every hour on the hour during the summer. www.isleoflismore.com

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