Visit Port Appin - in the hamlet of Appin
Port Appin - in the hamlet of Appin, near Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. Stunning scenery, great walks and The Airds Hotel While in the Glencoe area, a...
As you drive towards Port Appin you will immediately see Castle Stalker which was built in around 1320 by Duncan Stewart of Appin who was granted lands in the area by James IV for his support in destroying the power of the Lord of the Isles. It was built to guard the Strath of Appin from invasion from the sea. The castle was taken by the Campbells before being recaptured by the Stewarts after a siege in 1685. It was then abandoned in the late 1700’s and roofless by 1830. It was then restored in the 1960’s and on set days of the year it is possible to visit the castle.www.castlestalker.com. Also near the castle is a beautiful walk taking you over Jubilee Bridge, a rather unusual structure connecting Port Appin with Portnacroish and giving a wonderful view of the castle.
Another interesting walk is accessed just outside the entrance to Airds Hotel car park. This walk, known as Clach Thoul (Gallic for hole in the rock), takes you on a 35 minute stroll round a headland (with the hole) and offering lovely views across Airds Bay and down Loch Linnhe towards Oban. You can also detour to the top of the headland to see even better views.
Port Appin also has a number of lovely walks of varying degrees of difficulty and after one of these walks why not reward yourself with lunch or afternoon tea at The Airds Hotel, a luxury country house hotel with stunning views across Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains.
Appin is probably most famous for the ‘Appin Murder’ and the subsequent miscarriage of justice in 1752. It was infamous even before the celebrated Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson turned it into his historical best-seller Kidnapped. A cairn marks the spot where the Appin murder took place – located in the Forestry Commission wood known as Leitit Mhor. www.forestry.gov.uk
The 'Appin Murder' was the shooting in the back of government agent Colin Campbell of Glenure – the ‘Red Fox’ in Kidnapped. He was assassinated in a ruthless ambush by an unknown hand in the Wood of Lettermore near Ballachulish by the side of Loch Linnhe in Argyll. The authorities suspected a local Jacobite of the murder and James Stewart was later tried by a jury of 12 Campbells and hung for the crime. He protested his innocence whilst the most likely real suspect, Allan Breck Stewart, fled to France. www.stevenson.org.uk
Port Appin has a small craft shop, a small grocery and post office, together with the ferry to the Island of Lismore. It's also worth mentioning the stunning sunsets often enjoyed at Port Appin.