About Appin, Oban and Fort William

stunning scenery, outdoor activities or just peace and tranquility


The Appin area is a much loved escape for artists, novelists, outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, or for those simply wanting to relax in one of Scotland’s most beautiful locations.

Hill and forest walking is available to suit all ages. Canoeing, Sailing, Fishing and Scuba diving in the sheltered waters of Loch Creran and Loch Linnhe.

Hill climbing – For those keen on Munro bagging (Munros are hills over 3,000ft in height named after Sir Hugh Munro, the first person to catalogue them all) there are over 20 Munros within a 45 minute drive of Oban.

Pierhouse Restaurant Port Appin

Pierhouse Restaurant Port Appin

Port Appin Restaurant

Port Appin Restaurant

Castle Stalker is a private dwelling and tours and viewings are occasionally permitted – the view of the castle lying in this bay is one of the most unforgettable in Scotland.

Lettershuna is a well established riding centre specialising in supervised riding and trekking excursions in the quiet, serene beauty of the Appin area.

The west coast of Scotland is famous for its seafood and there several excellent restaurants within easy reach both in the Appin area and Oban.


Known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, the nearby town of Oban is approximately a 30 minute car drive away to the

A variety of day trips and excursions are available to many of the local islands including Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree. Several wildlife cruises are available in the area.

Experience a whale watching boat trip, cruise through the infamous Corryvreckan Whirlpool and bask in the
stunning panorama of the Inner Hebrides. The area is a hot spot for porpoise, dolphins, minke whales, basking sharks, otters, and seals.

Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles and puffins.

The surrounding area offers a variety of fishing including sea fishing and excellent coarse and game fishing in the local freshwater lochs and lochans.

Fort William

An hours drive to the north lies Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”.

The Nevis Range (Aonach Mhor), which includes Ben Nevis – Britian’s highest mountain, offers excellent oportunites for climbing, skiing and snow boarding. There is an international mountain bike course – reported to be the longest downhill mountain bike track in Britain.

Fancy trying your hand at ice climbing. Nestling between the world-famous Ben Nevis and Glencoe mountain ranges in the village of Kinlochleven is The Ice Factor – reputedly the biggest indoor ice climbing facility in the world.

It also features the UK’s largest articulated rock climbing wall and a competition-standard bouldering hall, making it the perfect place to practise, train and learn every conceivable mountaineering skill.


Click on any of the links below to visit the site for more information.

Oban Airport


  • Sealife Adventures Experience a whale watching boat trip in Scotland with Sealife Adventures, based on the mainland near Oban, Argyll, Scotland
  • Cruise through the infamous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The stunning panorama of the Inner Hebrides includes Mull, Iona Jura and Islay
  • Seal Sanctuary nestling in a mature spruce forest on the shores of beautiful Loch Creran the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Britain, and is home to some of the UK’s most enchanting marine creatures
  • Castle Stalker is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland
  • Lettershuna Riding Centre is a well established riding centre specialising in supervised riding and trekking excursions in the Appin area
  • Atlantis Leisure Centre sports and leisure centre in Oban
  • Glencoe National Trust for Scotland
  • Nevis Range skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hillwalking
  • The Ice Factor indoor ice climbing, mountaineering training and practice
  • Steam train journeys A trip on “The Jacobite” from Fort William to Mallaig is regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World

Tourist Information




How to book

To book Cairn Lodge for your holiday, please contact Irene Pullein on 01631 730 323 or 07792 448 172 or email us.