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AppinUnited Kingdom

Best known for its beautiful castle, this charming little peninsula is a serene base for watersports, cycling, walking and fishing.

Appin is a lesser-visited Scottish peninsula with under-appreciated coastal scenery and a secluded atmosphere. Head to one of its main settlements, Port Appin, to rent bikes or book tours to more remote areas of the peninsula. Arrange a visit to the medieval castle, which sits moodily on a loch islet. Spend some time strolling through the lovely gardens found in the area.

Port Appin, one of the peninsula’s largest settlements, is an ideal place to rent bikes for further exploration of the region. It’s also the starting point for exciting sailing, windsurfing, pony trekking and waterskiing excursions. Stroll along the scenic 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) coastal walk that begins in town, admiring wonderful views over the Islands of Mull and Lismore en route.

Find Castle Stalker, a 14th-century tower house perched on an islet in Loch Laich, north of the village. Book in advance to go on tour of this privately owned castle, led by a member of its current owners, the Steward Allward family.

For a gorgeous perspective on the castle, head to the nearby Castle Stalker View Café & Gift Shop. This inviting café overlooks the castle, as well as nearby Mull and Lismore.

See more picturesque views of the castle from Kinlochlaich Gardens. Established in the late 18th century, these stunning gardens include an octagonal walled garden, as well as a bluebell woodland. Look for magnolias, eucryphia and rhododendrons as you stroll through them. A large selection of plants are also available for sale here.

More inviting garden strolls can be enjoyed at Druimneil House, a Victorian house surrounded by a 10-acre (4-hectare) garden overlooking Loch Linnhe. Find oak, beech and elm trees, along with azaleas and meconopsis blue poppies, among the foliage.

Appin lies between Oban and Ballachulish. It can be easily reached by car from Fort William, which is 30 miles (47 kilometers) away. Port Appin is connected to Lismore by ferry service. Buses en route to Oban make stops in Appin and Port Appin. Escape to this serene outdoor enthusiasts’ haven.

Top hotels in Appin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
3 out of 5
The price is £179 per night

Situated in Appin, this beach hotel is steps away from Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Highland Titles Nature Reserve are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (132 reviews)

"A lovely stay, wonderful views, really nice room and very enjoyable dinner looking out over the loch. Very comfortable large bed and really spacious room with seating and table to look out at the view. We had a luxury shower room too. Could just walk straight out onto the pier so felt really close ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
The Pierhouse Hotel
The Pierhouse Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £196 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Appin inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Loch Linnhe, Tralee Beach and Castle Stalker. Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Scottish Sealife ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (185 reviews)

"Wonderful setting, excellent cuisine, professional but friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

The Pierhouse Hotel
Appin Bay View
Appin Bay View
4 out of 5

Situated in Appin, this beach guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Castle Stalker and Loch Linnhe. Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Scottish Sealife Sanctuary ...

5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)

"Great situation, fantastic room with a view, superb breakfast and friendly staff and owner"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Appin Bay View

Popular places to visit in Appin

Castle Stalker
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Castle Stalker

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Tour this 14th-century fortification, which is set majestically on a picturesque offshore island.

Ben Nevis
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Ben Nevis

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Brave the conditions and climb to the summit of this mountain to see the ruins of an observatory from the 19th century.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

4.5/5(490 reviews)

Visit this Scottish national park to hike through ancient woodlands, relax on the shore of the largest body of freshwater in Britain and enjoy local produce.

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17 Sep 2019

Lacking in good quality hotels which take pets

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Jul 2019

Stunning and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Jun 2019

Beautiful locaton

4/5 - Good

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9 Jun 2019

Pool & spa lovely- staff very helpful especially when husband needed assistance.

3/5 - Okay

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29 May 2019

I didnt stay im Appin Stayed in port Appin which was several miles away and follow day we visited Lismore island . Then left for our next destination

Cities near Appin

Glencoe which includes tranquil scenes and a river or creek

Ballachulish

Fort William which includes a garden, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Fort William

Oban which includes a coastal town

Oban