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See below for a collection of local organisations and businesses of particular interest to visitors and holidaymakers. You can also see the full list of local organisations here and local businesses here.

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Appin lies at the northern tip of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Steeped in history, it is surrounded by beautiful mountain and sealoch scenery, with plenty of natural habitats and wildlife. The small population of around 650 people is dispersed across a wide 40 square miles bounded by Loch Linnhe, Loch Creran, the border between Argyll and Lochaber, and inland by magnificent mountains and glens towards Glen Coe.

The area is famous for the historic Appin Murder Mystery, and the iconic Castle Stalker which presides over the view across Loch Linnhe to the Morvern Hills. Popular with tourists, the jewel of Port Appin provides the ferry crossing to the adjacent Isle of Lismore.

Breathtaking scenery

Visitors to Appin enjoy the peace & tranquility, the beautiful natural scenery on land and sea, the warm welcome, fine food and drink and the array of activities from which to choose. Relax and enjoy the views or follow your favourite outdoor pursuit, the choice is yours.

Gentle walks

Clach Thoul - a gentle walk on tracks around the Appin Rocks headland to Clach Thoul which means hole in the rock in Gaelic - once a raised beach and sea arch.

Jubilee Bridge - cross Loch Laich as part of a walk to take in the views west beyond Castle Stalker and watch the multitude of birdlife.

Glasdrum Wood Nature Reserve - a delightful woodland walk in Glen Creran - known for its ancient oakwoods and rare butterflies.

Explore by bicycle

For day cycles, take a circular tour through quiet backroads, cycle route and forest tracks. The NCN78 Caledonia Way runs through Appin offering plenty of extra loops for touring cyclists.

Explore Appin by bike

Castles & gardens

Visit Castle Stalker with a fascinating guided tour, led by one of the present owners.  The beautiful gardens at Kinlochlaich Garden Plant Centre and Druimneil House & Gardens are also well worth a visit.  Find these and other gardens in our Visitors directory tab>

Day trip to the isle of Lismore

The Lismore ferry at Port Appin
The Lismore ferry at Port Appin

Hop over to the Isle of Lismore - a short ferry ride from the pier in Port Appin takes visitors (and their bicycles) over to Lismore for a day of exploration. An island of natural beauty, quiet roads, castles and a broch, Gaelic Heritage Centre and cafe all await you. Set off on foot or bicycle, arrange an escorted tour by Land Rover or hire a bike. 

Outdoor activities 

If you love the great outdoors, you'll love Appin. In addition to the gentle coastal and forest walks, climb a nearby Munro, accessed from Glen Creran.  Loch Laich is popular with birdwatchers, sea kayakers love paddling on Loch Linnhe and photographers find the perfect shots of iconic Castle Stalker and Sgeir Bhuidhe lighthouse.

Craft Shops & Studios

Visit the gift shop at Castle Stalker View cafe and The Lighthouse Craft shop plus other studios. See the Visitors directory tab>

Food & drink

Relax and enjoy the views and the West coast atmosphere in one of the local hotels, cafes and pubs or pick up a picnic at Port Appin stores.  

You'll love the local seafood, the warm welcome and the far-reaching sea and hill views. Find restaurants, hotels, cafes and pubs in our Visitors directory tab>

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Businesses and organisations of interest to holidaymakers and visitors to Appin.
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