The Isle of Lismore

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The Isle of Lismore is  ten miles long by about one mile wide lying in Loch Linnhe at the southern end of the Great Glen. Because of this, it has played an important part in the prehistory and history of the West Highlands and Islands and has an ancient and unbroken tradition of Gaelic Culture with a remarkable variety of historical monuments.

Today, as well as this rich heritage, it is prized  for its beauty, tranquillity, and fertility with much to offer visitors whether on a day trip or for longer. There are great places to walk, cycle, kayak, sail and picnic with views on the higher ground of the encircling mainland mountains often snowcapped in Winter, and green, blue, purple and maroon in the Summer. On a clear day – and we do have them – the flat top of Ben Nevis and the Glencoe range is to the north east, the twin peaks of Cruachan to the east, to the west Morven and the busy Glensanda Quarry, the largest in Europe, and the Isle of Mull to the south west. Beyond are the inner Hebrides, Islay and Jura.

Ferry at evening 2 26.02.13

Lismore is an accessible island , being  just 7 miles by car ferry from Oban and 5 minutes by passenger ferry from Port Appin. Yet despite this, once off the ferry, you are immediately in a different world where the air is fresh, the wild flowers bloom,  and there is a rich variety of wildlife with a better than average chance of  spotting a sea eagle or glimpsing an otter. And our top attraction, the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre, is in the middle of the island whichever ferry you arrive on.

You can find more information on the island on this site and on www.isleoflismore.com