Isle of Lismore

Scotland's Island Coast

The island of Lismore is well worth the short ferry journey from Oban or Port Appin, with wildlife, fascinating historical sites and glorious views.

It’s only ten miles long, so easily explored by bike or on foot. Why not explore the island with a local such as Explore Lismore, a small tour operator which offers bespoke, private-hire tours & picnics by Land Rover. The tour highlights the island's spectacular scenery & wildlife, and rich heritage, delicious local foods and close-knit community.


Visit for a day or a little longer

What a gem of an island at only 10 miles long by 1 mile wide, perfect for gentle walks and cycles, whilst being surrounded by water and wildlife. And all this located close to the mainland via a short ferry trip from Port Appin or Oban.

Gaelic for ‘great garden’, Lismore is considered to be Scotland’s most fertile island and is home to more than 130 different bird species.

On the island you can find the award-winning Gaelic Heritage Centre & Museum Gift Shop and the fully licenced Isle of Lismore Cafe, situated at the Heritage Centre.

There is self-catering and bed-and breakfast accommodation on the island, as well as bike hire at the north end passenger ferry, plus Explore Lismore, who provide a taxi service plus Land Rover Tours & Picnics. 

Getting here

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Planning your journey

There are two ferries servicing the Island of Lismore

Calmac’s Oban to Achnacroish car ferry operates between Oban and Achnacroish, which is in the middle of the island. There is a limited number of car spaces on the ferry, it is therefore important to reserve your space in advance. The journey time is approximately 1 hour. and bicycles are carried free on this ferry.

Port Appin to Point passenger ferry operates between Port Appin and Point which is at the north end of the island. The journey time is approximately 10 minutes.

Many visitors use this ferry for a day visit, either by foot or bicycle. Bicycles are also carried free on this ferry.

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