Appin, Port Appin, Loch Linnhe and the surrounding areas

As well as Appin accommodation, Port Appin has many facilities for the visitor including two renowned restaurants, the AA Rosetted Pierhouse Hotel and the Airds Hotel, both located at Port Appin and both serving local seafood and gourmet dishes.

The well stocked local shop and post office cater for almost all your grocery requirements, with the towns of Oban and Fort William a pleasant drive away for more substantial shopping.

There is a ferry service from Port Appin pier to the Isle of Lismore which is an ideal area for walking, cycling, bird watching and sea life.

The town of Oban ‘Gateway to the Isles’ offers ferry services to many Islands off the west coast of Scotland while Fort William ‘Outdoor Capital of Britain’ offers a broad variety of activities.

Things To Do in The Area

Local facilities include horse riding at Lettershuna Riding Centre, mountain and hill walking, water sports, fishing and winter skiing.

A wide variety of wildlife can also be seen within the local district including many species of deer, fox and seal. A sighting of otter or pine marten is rare but exhilarating or even wild cats.

The area hosts a large variety of birds from the small blue tit to the mighty eagle. Golden and sea eagles prey in the nearby glens while buzzards and other birds of prey are frequently spotted perched on telegraph poles and posts around the village.

The area is popular for diving and caving, the Cave of the Skulls in the Appin limestone holds is one of the deepest caves in Scotland.

Wildlife boat trips are available from both Appin pier and in nearby Oban for viewing the amazing sea-life the west coast provides.

History Of The Area

Appin (An Apainn in Gaelic) is of great historical significance in Scotland’s history. Many of the village townfolk were part of the great battle of Culloden striving for freedom with Bonnie Prince Charlies campaign.

Castle Stalker (which can be seen from the shore of the croft) has a turbulent history. Plus the whole area was deeply involved in the clan system so prevalent in Scotland and, in fact, the last clansman, ‘James of the Glen’ is part of Appin’s history. This is where the famous Appin Murder took place in 1752.

Find out more about the history of the village and surrounding areas on our local history page.

Geography

Appin is on the West Coast of Scotland and is bounded on the west by Loch Linnhe, on the south by Loch Creran, in the east by the village of Benderloch and the area of Lorn, and finally in the north by Loch Leven which leads up to Fort William and the Great Glen.

It’s based in the county of Argyll and Bute which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.

The coast can be rugged but in our opinion, stunningly beautiful at the same time.

Inland there are awe inspiring mountains with the prominent being Beinn a’Bheithir and Creag Ghorm.

The main rivers are the Coe and the Laroch which flow into Loch Linnhe and the Duror and the Salachan that flow into Loch Leven.

Local villages that are closeby are Ballachulish and Duror in the north, Benderloch, Barcaldine and Connell in the south, which are on the route to Oban, about 17 miles away.

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