Discover the forgotten beauty of Scotland’s west coast
Combining the stunning scenery of Argyll’s islands and coastline and the dramatic peaks of the Highlands, Appin is a small, picturesque village boasting the best of both worlds and is the ideal place to escape amid awe-inspiring landscapes. Argyll is one of the best areas to spot iconic Scottish wildlife including the White-tailed eagle (regularly seen flying in front of Stormhouse), red deer, otters, seals, puffins and more.
Ideally located between the two main towns of Oban and Fort William, it is an ideal place to unwind. Equally, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s heaven, Scotland’s “Adventure coast” has plenty to keep you occupied.
Mountains, lochs and islands
With miles of rugged coastline why not make the most of it and kayak around Castle Stalker on Loch Laich, the sea inlet you can see in front of Stormhouse. Or hire bikes and take the little ferry from Port Appin over to the lush, fertile island of Lismore, otherwise known as “The Great Garden”. Enjoy a coffee and slice of cake at the wee café (essential to a day’s biking).
For a more strenuous day, the nearby Munros of Beinn Sgulaird and Beinn Fionnlaidh are lesser trodden than some of the more famous ones (Ben Nevis!) yet no less dramatic. The views from the summits are tremendous and far-reaching, making for a very enjoyable day out. Relax those legs in the hot tub afterwards or take a dip in the loch for some muscle recovery.
The perfect base
If you wish to venture further afield, Appin is the ideal base from which to do so. Glencoe, arguably Scotland’s most scenic and historic glen, is half an hour’s drive from Stormhouse. Take a short hike up the stunning “Lost Valley” followed by a beer at the Clachaig Inn.
Oban, “Gateway to the Isles”, is 17 miles away where frequent ferries depart to Mull and the rest of the Inner Hebrides. Hop on the ferry to Mull and drive down to the historic island of Iona, the “Cradle of Christianity” famous for its beautiful Abbey. You could even fit in a boat ride to Staffa and visit the dramatic basalt columns of “Fingal’s cave”.
Plan a day’s drive over to the stunningly beautiful and remote Morvern peninsula, where the wildlife is abundant and coastline endless, then circle back via Glenfinnan where you might spot the famous Harry Potter steam train.
Or just chill in the hot tub and watch the drama unfold before you.
Food & beer lovers
It’s not all about cramming in endless outdoor pursuits…. you can indulge in the very admirable pursuit of eating and drinking. Appin has a great reputation for its eateries. The Old Inn, a stone’s throw from Stormhouse, is famed for its mouth-watering Highlander steaks and cosy atmosphere, a firm favourite with the locals. Stroll down and stagger back up the hill to bed. Bliss.
Also within walking distance is Castle Stalker View café where you can enjoy light bites, scrumptious home-baking and proper good coffee. A bit further afield in Oban, you will find the popular seafood hut, the “Green Shack”, on the pier where you can indulge in a bit of lobster, crab, oyster, shrimp and squid…all fresh and cooked to perfection.