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Appin

Travel Guide
Castle Stalker featuring heritage elements, a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture

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.

Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
3 out of 5
The price is £227 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated in Appin, this beach hotel is steps away from Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Highland Titles Nature Reserve are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (138 reviews)
"The most wonderful place worth visiting. Excellent staff."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
The Pierhouse Hotel
The Pierhouse Hotel
4 out of 5
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! (189 reviews)
"Great place to stay in a gorgeous location ove the Isle of Lismore. Staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, especially if you enjoy seafood. Room was lovely with a very comfy bed."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

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! (23 reviews)
"Great situation, fantastic room with a view, superb breakfast and friendly staff and owner"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Appin Bay View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Waterfront Lodge 5 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Waterfront Lodge 5 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
4 Hillside, Appin, SCT
This family-friendly Appin cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Pixel Spirits Distillery ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Family break at Holly Tree Lodges.
"Loved our lodge and what a view overlooking the Loch. Great having the hotel next door. Pool, jacuzzi and sauna were great. Had a meal there one night and the seafood was amazing. Will definitely be staying there again."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Waterfront Lodge 5 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Waterfront Lodge 4 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Waterfront Lodge 4 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
4 Hillside, Appin, SCT
Situated in Appin, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Loch Leven are also within 3 ...
Waterfront Lodge 4 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Waterfront Lodge 2 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Waterfront Lodge 2 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
4 Hillside, Appin, SCT
This family-friendly Appin cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Pixel Spirits Distillery ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Excellent location
"Property fine. Could have done with more serving dishes and cooking utensils. Sad that the pool and sauna were not open and we were not informed of that"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Waterfront Lodge 2 - Sleeps 5 Guests in 2 Bedrooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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