Isle of Lismore
Lismore is a fabulous little island located in Loch Linnhe between Oban and Port Appin and is reached by car ferry from one and foot ferry from the other. It is one of those rare spots where you are able to enjoy living on an island with all its peace and seclusion yet still be within easy reach of the mainland.
North Cottage, Point Steading, stands just a short distance from the slipway where you disembark from the foot ferry. It is a delightful, traditional, stone-built semi-detached cottage set back from the shore behind the single track road and enjoying open views over the Lynn of Lorne to Port Appin. The inside of the property is quite original, bright and full of character. The comfortable and simple accommodation is decorated in cheerful, bold colours. There are three bedrooms, a light and welcoming open-plan living area made snug by a multi-fuel stove which, with added oil heaters, runs the heating.
The cottage has its own private enclosed garden (furniture). Mountain bikes are available for hire either on the island or in Port Appin. The only road on the island, running the length of it, is single track, quiet and fairly flat, so is perfect for cycle trips. You can even make a pit-stop for refreshments on the way at the conveniently placed and excellent café at the Island's Heritage Centre. The island shop is well-stocked. For a special occasion try one of Port Appin's famous restaurants - Aird's Hotel and the Pierhouse Restaurant are two of Scotland's most celebrated eating places. A night out here will entail a crossing on the foot ferry (charge is about £1.50 for the 10 minute crossing; last ferry back 2130 on Fridays and Saturdays), enjoyment of an excellent meal and drink, then a leisurely stroll home with no thought of breathalysers! A few miles (3.5m) from the ferry, on the Oban road, stands the recently renovated Creagan Inn, the proprietors of which are willing to organize transport to and from the ferry for groups of diners.
The rocks beside the cottage offer an opportunity for fishing and a boat anchorage is available to tenants should they so wish. Wildlife lovers should keep an eye out for otters and seals in the surrounding waters. Human beings have been living on Lismore since Neolithic times. In 1974 an arrowhead of Appin stone was found dating from 3500BC and may be seen today in the Heritage Centre. The Broch at Tirfuir and Coeffin Castle are evidence of Pictish and Viking occupation.
On the mainland there is riding available at Appin and it is only a short drive to Glencoe for walking, climbing and ski-ing. Oban is an important and popular tourist centre and the embarkation point for many boat trips to the Hebridean islands. It is only a 30 minute drive from the ferry jetty at Port Appin up to Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. For those who wish to leave their cars on the mainland car parking is available at Port Appin.
Bed linen, towels, the first £15 of electricity, coal for the stove is included. Well behaved pets are accepted (£50 refundable deposit for bookings with pets is payable on arrival) and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Water is from a natural spring.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with multi-fuel stove, TV/V/DVD open plan to:
- Dining kitchen with electric cooker, freezer, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave etc.
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.
- Double bedroom.
- Double bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.