The great garden of the Inner Hebrides, with rare birds, wild flowers and Pictish brochs.
Lismore is Gaelic for 'Great Garden' - and the island's lush landscape is filled with over 300 species of wild flower and 130 species of bird, though you won't be able to see them all from the ferry.
The island is criss-crossed with footpaths, making it ideal for walkers. You'll find Bronze Age cairns, Iron Age duns and Pictish brochs, and you can find out more at the excellent heritage centre Ionad Naomh Muluag.
Prior to your journey, familiarise yourself with VisitScotland's #RespectProtectEnjoy guidance and check the arrangements individual islands and locations have for managing the safety of their visitors and communities. For Argyll and Bute, please read through the area's 'Be a great Visitor' guidance.
For more information on Lismore visit the Isle of Lismore website.
You can get to Lismore on the ferry from Oban, which takes 60 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended, you can book your vehicle by calling 0800 066 5000 or 01475 650397 (International customers and customers calling from a mobile).
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Most routes to Oban pass through, or past, Glasgow:
It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to drive to Oban from Glasgow, 3 hours from Edinburgh, 4 hours from Aberdeen, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Inverness. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, charging points are available at the Argyll College.
Oban Port: PA34 4DB
If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the South, you'll need to travel through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours. Why not purchase a Rail and Sail ticket from Glasgow to Craignure?
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The bus route to Oban from Glasgow takes just under 3 hours, traffic permitting. The bus from Inverness to Oban takes 3 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Fort William.
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The Isle of Lismore is only 10 miles long and 1.5 miles at its widest section. Lismore has a rocky landscape but the terrain is suitable for all walking levels. The scenic views over on to Mull, and the mountainous Argyll are absolutely breath-taking. There is a network of routes that take between 1 -5 hours and mingle in with old footpaths throughout the island. If you would like more information on walking in Lismore, check out the Visit Lismore website.
Cycling is the best way to explore this quiet rural island. Lismore, meaning 'Great Garden,' is considered to be one of the most fertile islands in Scotland. Cycling on this little gem of an island presents a good opportunity to do a little bird watching with 130 species, including Bullfinch, Grey Heron, and Kestrel. Bikes are available to hire on the island or from a number of shops in Oban, check out VisitScotland for further details .
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