How to get here...
Local: Lismore is easily accessible by ferry from Oban (55 mins) or Port Appin (5 mins). The Oban ferry is operated by CalMac and runs four times a day. The Port Appin foot ferry is operated by Argyll & Bute Council and runs between 7am-8pm nearly every hour, on the hour.
International: Fly in to Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh airports, of which all have great rail and bus connections to Oban. Choose for extra comfort and rent a car or chauffeur service to explore the Highlands at your own pace, we collaborate with a few highly recommended mainland tour operators, so please don't hesitate to contact us for more information!
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Lismore, or Lios Mòr - The Great Garden
Lismore is a small island near Oban on the West coast of Scotland, 10 miles long and about a mile wide. With over 130 bird species and an abundance or rare wildflowers Lismore truly lives up to its Gaelic name 'Lios Mòr' meaning 'the Great Garden'.
Home to around 160 'Liosachs', the island's low population allows wildlife to thrive, and is known for its peregrine falcons, seals, otters and seabirds including razorbills. The island’s three lochs, as well as its islets and skerries, are designated as a Special Areas of Conservation.
Lismore has a rich history and was at one point a major centre of Celtic Christianity, and home to a monastery founded by Saint Moluag, a rival of St Columba.
Glimpses into the ancient inhabitants of Lismore can be seen at the Iron age Tirfuir Broch; Coeffin Castle, named after a Danish prince; and the hundreds of duns and cairns dating as far back as the Bronze age. The Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre, including a reconstructed croft house, was built to capture and share the rich heritage that characterises Lismore.
Escape the Crowds
The island is home to a vibrant & diverse West coast community.
Unlike Skye or Iona, it has not yet been overrun by visitors, leaving you to discover a wild landscape of unspoilt views, ruined Viking castles and Pictish settlements, ancient religious sites, secluded coves, fresh-water lochs and magnificent starry skies. Hidden trails will lead you off the beaten track and into a scenic landscape rich in wildlife and impressive geological features.
A Taste of Lismore
Lismore has a variety of delicious local produce & treats on offer: Fresh oysters from the Oyster Croft, langoustines, grass-fed beef, lamb, eggs, Lismore grown Sencha green tea, fresh vegetables, lavender, honey, Lismore Infusions and home baking from the Dutch Bakery in the Telephone Box at Point. The Shop & Post Office, Church, Heritage Centre, Craft shop & Cafe, Hall and the many local events such as the Agricultural Show, Christmas Craft Fair, dances & ceilidhs all add to a unique island experience.