Covid-19 emergency

Information for holidaymakers and visitors

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Appin is a fragile, rural community which we need to protect from the spread of COVID-19. We therefore respectfully ask visitors - in campervans, cars & caravans - to please stay away from the area for the time being.

As Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday 22 March 2020 "To protect Scotland, we must all do the right thing. Scotland is a warm and welcoming country and I fervently hope it’s not too long before we are opening our arms and our countryside to visitors again – but right now our priority must be to protect people from this virus, protect our NHS and protect Scotland."

Welcome to Appin

Visit Appin - the scenic area encompassing the settlements of Appin, Port Appin and Glen Creran in north Argyll on Scotland's west coast. It's an area of stunning scenery and seascapes full of natural beauty and wildlife. Explore Loch Linnhe's coastline by foot or on bicycle, hop on the ferry to the isle of Lismore, climb a hill with the reward of stunning views or take a bike ride through the forests and on cycle tracks. Simply relax and enjoy delicious local seafood in one of Appin's restaurants, cafes or bars. Whatever you do, a friendly welcome awaits you.

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>