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AppinUnited Kingdom

Best known for its beautiful castle, this charming little peninsula is a serene base for watersports, cycling, walking and fishing.

Appin is a lesser-visited Scottish peninsula with under-appreciated coastal scenery and a secluded atmosphere. Head to one of its main settlements, Port Appin, to rent bikes or book tours to more remote areas of the peninsula. Arrange a visit to the medieval castle, which sits moodily on a loch islet. Spend some time strolling through the lovely gardens found in the area.

Port Appin, one of the peninsula’s largest settlements, is an ideal place to rent bikes for further exploration of the region. It’s also the starting point for exciting sailing, windsurfing, pony trekking and waterskiing excursions. Stroll along the scenic 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) coastal walk that begins in town, admiring wonderful views over the Islands of Mull and Lismore en route.

Find Castle Stalker, a 14th-century tower house perched on an islet in Loch Laich, north of the village. Book in advance to go on tour of this privately owned castle, led by a member of its current owners, the Steward Allward family.

For a gorgeous perspective on the castle, head to the nearby Castle Stalker View Café & Gift Shop. This inviting café overlooks the castle, as well as nearby Mull and Lismore.

See more picturesque views of the castle from Kinlochlaich Gardens. Established in the late 18th century, these stunning gardens include an octagonal walled garden, as well as a bluebell woodland. Look for magnolias, eucryphia and rhododendrons as you stroll through them. A large selection of plants are also available for sale here.

More inviting garden strolls can be enjoyed at Druimneil House, a Victorian house surrounded by a 10-acre (4-hectare) garden overlooking Loch Linnhe. Find oak, beech and elm trees, along with azaleas and meconopsis blue poppies, among the foliage.

Appin lies between Oban and Ballachulish. It can be easily reached by car from Fort William, which is 30 miles (47 kilometers) away. Port Appin is connected to Lismore by ferry service. Buses en route to Oban make stops in Appin and Port Appin. Escape to this serene outdoor enthusiasts’ haven.

Top Hotels in Appin

Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
3 out of 5
Kentallen Pier, Kentallen, Appin, Scotland
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Situated in Appin, this beach hotel is steps from Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course and Highland Titles Nature Reserve are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (137 reviews)
very friendly hotel

"Just one night stay but super friendly staff throughout the hotel and so nice to stay somewhere that is genuinely dog friendly. You offered us room service so our nervous dog was more comfortable and brought her 2 sausages for breakfast :) Room very spacious and again direct access out to the loch ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Holly Tree Hotel & Swimming Pool
Invercreran lodge
Invercreran lodge
4 out of 5
Glen Creran, Appin, Scotland
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The price is $157 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from Castle Stalker and within 20 mi (32 km) of Loch Linnhe and Oban Distillery. The Dragons ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Highly recommended staying here! Fantastic B&B much better than a hotel. Jackie and Tony couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Breakfast was excellent. Fresh towels everyday, not to mention the yummy tablet. Its got everything you could possibly need. Sky, Netflix, hairdryer, jacuzzi bath & gorgeously ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

Invercreran lodge
The Pierhouse Hotel
The Pierhouse Hotel
4 out of 5
Port Appin, Appin, Scotland
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Nestled on the beach, this Appin inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Loch Linnhe, Tralee Beach, and Castle Stalker. Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Scottish Sealife ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)

"A very nice hotel with excellent staff situated in a wonderful location"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

The Pierhouse Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Appin

Lurach
Lurach
3.5 out of 5
Lurach, Port Appin, Appin, Scotland

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Castle Stalker and Loch Linnhe. Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Scottish ...

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Beach House 5 with Hot Tub
Beach House 5 with Hot Tub
Appin, SCT

This family-friendly Appin apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Leven and Highland Titles Nature Reserve are ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Fantastic!! Definitely a fem!

"We booked for a 2 night stay. 5 in our party, and it didn't disappoint. The location is fantastic, a short stroll to the hotel for dinner, which was superb. The views are awesome,uninterrupted views over Loch Linnhe. The accommodation is superb, beautiful furnishings and lovely and warm!! Can't recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Beach House 5 with Hot Tub
Waterfront Lodge with Terrace
Waterfront Lodge with Terrace
Appin, SCT

Situated in Appin, this romantic cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Beautiful Place

"We enjoyed our stay. Everything was perfect and set in very idyllic spot."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Waterfront Lodge with Terrace
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Perfect little getaway, can't wait to come back.

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