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West Coast 200
The Route

Port Appin

No.14 on the route

For history and beauty, Port Appin is the place to go. Port Appin itself is a small and peaceful fishing village set on the peninsula surrounded by Loch Linnhe. From Port Appin, you have a view of a group of tiny islands which makes for beautiful photographs. However, the most popular and most photographed aspect of Port Appin is the stunning ruined castle of Castle Stalker situated on its own tiny rock island.

Castle Stalker was built by Clan MacDougall in 1320 as a small fort. However, when the Stewarts took over Lordship of Lorn from Clan MacDougall, they then built a castle on the site in 1388. The castle was left to ruin from 1840. However, it has made the castle one of the best-preserved mediaeval towers in Scotland. It is now a privately-owned castle. However, there are select tours to visit the castle that run during the summer months. Even if you can’t make the tours, the views of Castle Stalker from the mainland are truly outstanding.

Port Appin

If you plan more than a whistle-stop tour of Port Appin, then why not take the passenger ferry over to the island of Lismore. This is a great place to cycle and taking bikes on the ferry is free. Other activities in Port Appin include sailing, windsurfing, pony trekking and boat hire which is great if you want to get closer to the tiny islands in Loch Linnhe.