The island of Lismore is at the top of the Firth of Lorne. There are ferry services to and from Port Appin and Oban. Lismore like many of the small islands is becoming very popular with day trip walkers and cyclists. Most visitors drive to Port Appin near Stalker castle and get the short crossing ferry to the north of the island. The island is very long and narrow and fairly flat with very quiet roads, just perfect for walkers and cyclists.
The island has a population of under 200 and although it is in the Firth of Lorn it does have a fairly remote feel to it. There are no real population centres to talk of therefore many visitors are there for the peace and quite along with magnificent views, fishing, walking, cycling and exploring the various historic sites on the island such as Achadun castle. The Gaelic Heritage Museum opened on the island in 2007 and provides an interesting location to visit. It also has a cafe. This building is open April to October and in the winter months by prior arrangement.
Dotted around the island there are a n umber of bronze age cairns and iron age duns. There is also an old abandoned linestone quarry with a number of derelict cottages and the remains of some kilns. All of the site is interesting to visit. Castle Coeffin is another interesting and beautiful place for visitors to go.
There is bike hire on the island as well as a taxi service and there are some boat trips for seal watching.
The highest point on the Island is only around 400 ft but from the top of the hill you are rewarded with excellent views up and down the firth of Lorn. Worth a wee hike and a picnic perhaps.