“Although Lismore is close to the main ferry port of Oban, it often gets overlooked by tourists intent on visiting Mull and Iona or the Outer Hebrides. Lismore island is peaceful and the people who live there are very friendly and welcoming.
One of the reasons for my visit to Lismore, was to go and see the Heritage Centre with has a 19th century ‘Cottar’s House’ next door. Although the museum is quite small, there are some very interesting photo’s and documents that chart Lismore throughout the ages.
I also visited Tirefour Broch. This iron-age Broch dates back 2000 years and once the walls would have been 15 metres high as well as 3 metres thick. The spectacular setting adds greatly to its appeal.
Lismore is a quiet, peaceful island where you can enjoy the unspoilt countryside and meet lovely people”.
How do I get to Lismore? There are two ways to get to Lismore. The first is via the Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Oban. This lands at Achnacroish on Lismore. Alternatively, there is a passenger ferry from Port Appin, about 15 miles north of Oban. This lands at the northern end of Lismore. Bicycles are carried free on this ferry.
How do I get around Lismore? Lismore island is relatively flat, so it is easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. Bike hire is available from Lismore Bike Hire or from Port Appin Bike Hire. There is also a Taxi service available on the island.
What’s worth visiting on Lismore? Lismore Heritage Centre houses a Museum charting island life throughout the ages. The Centre is a stunning ecologically friendly building, opened in 2007. Next to the museum is a rebuilt late 19th century ‘Cottar’s House’. Tirefour Broch, near Clachan, is over 2000 years old and has walls nearly 10 feet thick in some places. See the article – Lismore Life for more information bout Lismore.
Where can I stay on Lismore? There is Bed and Breakfast available at Balnagowan, 2 Newfield Terrace and at The Old School House. Self Catering is available at Point Steadings, Tigh An Uillt, Achuaran House, Calgary and Carnie Cottage as well as Pier Cottage in Achnacroish.
Any other information on Lismore? You can travel in style on the isle of Lismore with Horse and Carriage rides (local information page), from the Port Appin ferry to the Heritage Centre.