Lismore view looking towards the Black Isle

About Lismore

Welcome to Isle of Lismore, or Lios Mòr - meaning the 'Great Garden' in Gaelic

Lismore is a 10 mile long Inner Hebridean island near Oban, situated at the very South end of the Great Glen. Because of its location, it has played an important part in the prehistory and history of the West Highlands and Islands and has an ancient and unbroken tradition of Gaelic Culture with a remarkable variety of historical monuments.

Today, as well as this rich heritage, it is prized for its beauty, tranquillity, and fertility with much to offer visitors whether on a day trip or for longer. There are great places to walk, cycle, kayak, sail and picnic with views on the higher ground of the encircling mainland mountains often snowcapped in Winter, and green, blue, purple and maroon in the Summer. On a clear day – and we do have them – the flat top of Ben Nevis and the Glencoe range is to the north east, the twin peaks of Cruachan to the east, to the west Morven and the busy Glensanda Quarry, the largest in Europe, and the Isle of Mull to the south west. Beyond are the inner Hebrides, Islay and Jura.

The population of the island is at present about 170. We are a small, friendly community with a strong community spirit.

On the island you can find a medieval Parish Church, a Primary School and a Public Hall, as well as our most recent addition, the award-winning Gaelic Heritage Centre & Museum Gift Shop.

We have a well stocked island Shop & Post Office, and the fully licenced Isle of Lismore Cafe, situated at the Heritage Centre.   

There is self-catering accommodation on the island, as well as Bike Hire at the North end foot ferry, a taxi service and Land Rover Tours & Paddle Boarding. Check out the ferry timetables for the Oban Car Ferry (55 mins) or Port Appin foot ferry (5 mins) before you visit. Welcome!