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A remote coastal location home to fantastic historical landmarks

Castle Stalker

Appin is a remote stretch of Highland coast dominated by shimmering seascapes and rugged, misty mountains. It’s surrounded by Loch Linnhe to the west and Loch Creran to the east.

This beautiful region is dotted with fishing villages, the crumbling ruins of castles and the occasional restaurant which serves seafood fresh from the icy lochs. The village of Port Appin overlooks a dramatic stretch of water known as the Lynn of Lorn. A passenger ferry to Lismore means that the village receives a steady stream of visitors.

The Massacre at Glencoe Memorial Fort

The view from the port is truly spectacular. As you look out across the loch, your eye is drawn to the ancient Castle Stalker , which sits on its own tiny rock island, while the Mountains of Movern loom in the distance. Port Appin is home to the region’s most renowned seafood restaurant, The Pierhouse . Oysters, mussels and langoustines are served fresh from the loch with an impressive view of the water and mountains beyond. The Pier House also prides itself on serving seasonal, locally sourced meat and a variety of warming Scottish whiskies.

There are few better ways to explore Appin’s dramatic scenery than from the back of a bicycle. Port Appin Bike Hire is the perfect place to pick up a pair of wheels and enjoy some of the best coastal rides Scotland has to offer. You can even take your bike on the ferry to Lismore for no extra charge and explore the island at your leisure.

The lochs around Appin are enchanting and there’s no better way to see them than from the deck of a boat. Appin Boat Tours will give you a close-up view of some of the area’s most interesting sights, including an iron-age broch on the island of Lismore, and an incredible natural sea arch. These waters teem with wildlife and it’s not uncommon to see otters, sea eagles or seals.

If you’re looking for scenic strolls, you won’t be disappointed by Appin.

“Appin is a remote stretch of Highland coast dominated by shimmering seascapes and rugged, misty mountains.”

Nature and history are everywhere, and there is always the possibility of spotting eagles, oyster catchers or sea otters as you make your way along the coast. From Port Appin, a popular route takes you to Clach Thoull, Gaelic for 'hole in the rock'. En route to this dramatic stone arch you’ll pass a strikingly colourful display of heather, rhododendrons and wild orchids.

Appin is easily reached from Fort William, to the north, and Oban, to the South. Its remoteness and beauty make it an outstanding base from which to explore the Highlands.

While you’re there

Castle Stalker

A four-storey tower house picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich.

Inveraray Jail

A 19th-century prison and courthouse which is now open for visitors to explore the in-depth history.

Kinlochlaich Gardens

Stunning gardens, which over look Castle Stalker and are open for visitors to indulge in.

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