MEET THE LOCALS: hebridean soundscapes
Join professional musician Charlie Grey on our newest and most exclusive island experience; an immersive exploration of Lismore's ancient landscape and musical heritage.
Charlie will take you on an explorative walk to Lismore's Iron Age Broch*, where he will highlight natural and historical features in the surrounding landscape and play compositions that resonate with the landscape. The Broch is situated at a high vantage point with 360 degree views of the island, looking up and down the Great Glen and towards Ben Nevis, Ben Cruachan, Kingairloch estate, the Morvern peninsula & the Isle of Mull - the ideal place to listen to Charlie's atmospheric tunes and stories, and take in Lismore's scenery.
Charlie Grey is a skilled fiddle player who draws inspiration from the Hebridean landscapes he grew up in and the legacy of his forebears, like his grandmother Ishbell Macaskill who was a traditional Scottish Gaelic singer. Charlie's music is deeply rooted in the landscape of the Highlands & Islands and is a perfect fit for our tours. He moved to Lismore in 2019 with his partner Iona & collie dog Hector, and we are delighted to have him as a part of the Explore Lismore team!
*We have a sheltered location just below the Broch that we will use in case of rain
private TOUR & soundscape experience
Type: Private Hire only, max 6 passengers (please contact us for larger group arrangements)
Departure from mainland: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Duration: 1.5-3 hours*
Level: All ages and most abilities - some walking or climbing subject to preference - We have 4x4 access to the Broch for those who are less mobile. Sturdy footwear needed for those on foot.
Included: Private tour guide & Land Rover Discovery. Our 'Hebridean Soundscape' experience with professional fiddle player Charlie Grey. Tea/Coffee & Home baking. Island maps, use of binoculars, hand sanitiser, step.
£275 for our 2 hour Private Tour + Soundscape Experience, including tea/coffee & home baking.
£195 for Soundscape Experience + Land Rover return trip only, incl. tea/coffee & home baking.
Itinerary: Local guides Robert or Iris will pick you up from the Port Appin Foot Ferry or Calmac Oban Ferry with their comfortable Land Rover Discovery. All tours are tailor made to your interests and preferences. Choose 2-4 Tour stops listed in our Tours & Services section. After your bespoke tour we will meet up with Charlie for your 'Hebridean Soundscape' experience (approx 1 hr). If you choose the second option, we will pick you up from the ferry, drop you off at the Broch. The return journey is included and we can add an extra stop at the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre (open April-October). If you would like to combine your tour & soundscape experience with shepherding, please ask us for a quote!
We look forward welcoming you to Lismore!
LAND ROVER TOURS & island adventures
Join expert local guides Robert & Iris for an unforgettable experience on the Isle of Lismore