The Isle of Lismore is one of the most relaxing islands off the Scottish Coast and is often referred to in Gaelic as An t-Eilean Aluinn or ‘The Beautiful Island’.
We had a charming lady staying with us as she had read that walks and views on the island were the best in the entire Hebrides. Well, this lady knew the Hebrides well and could not believe that some of the others could be surpassed. She and her husband spent several days here in June 2013. The weather was good and they spent their whole time walking around the island. After she had gone home she wrote us a delightful three page letter saying how much she had enjoyed her holiday and that here time on Lismore was the highlight. The wild flowers were abundant, with orchids, primroses, bluebells all in full bloom and vying for attention.
Lismore is superb for walking as it is gently undulating and the view changes every hundred yards or so. The surrounding hills of Mull, Morvern, Appin and Benderloch seem to constantly change with the light.
On the island we have Tirefour Castle, an iron age broch, which one of the best preserved monuments in the county. It stands on the highest point of a rocky ridge and commands an extensive view in all directions.
The remains of Castle Coeffin, which comprise an oblong hall-house and an irregularly shaped bailey, stand on the summit of a small, rocky promontory on the NW coast of Lismore.
Achadun Castle is a thirteenth century square stone fortress which is well worth a visit. Recently the SW and SE walls have collapsed outward, but the NE wall and a substantial part of the NW wall survive. The views over the small isle of Berenera to Duart Castle are spectacular.
Bachuil Country House is an excellent base for exploring the island and offers guests AA Four Star Guest Accommodation in two double and one twin en-suite room.
The Isle of Lismore is easily accessible by a 45 minute car ferry from Oban (NB THERE IS NO FUEL AVAILABLE ON LISMORE), or 10 minute crossing on the passenger ferry from Port Appin.
Midges thrive in damp, acidic soil which is prevalent in the West Coast of Scotland. However, midges hate limestone and as we are on a limestone strata there are comparatively few midges on the island. They also hate a breeze of more than 3mph so once again we are lucky that the gentle sea breezes and occasional stronger winds keep them away. The Scottish Midge Forecast gives a general picture - but this can be toned down for Lismore due to its local conditions. Midges here are seldom a nuisance and seldom active from September through to the beginning of June.