Find The Pierhouse
The Pierhouse is approximately 20 miles north of Oban (allow 30 mins
journey time) and 27 miles south of Fort William (allow 45 minutes
journey time) on Scotland's west coast. Journey times by road from
Glasgow: 2hr 15m, Edinburgh: 2hr 30m to 3hr. Follow this link for directions from Google Maps (opens in new window).
From Glasgow - take the M8 west across the Erskine Bridge and turn left onto the A82 to Crianlarich, and continue heading north on the A82 signed Fort William. At Ballachulish, take the A828 to Oban and in Appin, turn right at the "Port Appin / Lismore Ferry" sign (allow 2 hours and 15 minutes journey time). We recommend that you take this 'northern' route via the A82 signed Fort William, rather than the 'southern' route via the A85 signed Oban (via Taynuilt and Connel Bridge).
From Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling. Follow the A84 and head towards Crianlarich (A82), carry on to Ballachulish. Take the A828 to Oban and in Appin turn right at the "Port Appin"/Lismore Ferry" sign (allow 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours).
The nearest airports are Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports (see directions above for journey times by road from the airport).
Additionally, private planes can land at Connel Airfield, just 20 minutes drive south from the hotel. Taxis and car hire are easily arranged and will meet you at the airfield if required.
By public transport
By Train: Connel Ferry Train Station (approx 20 miles) Trains depart from Glasgow Queen Street Station on the incredibly scenic West Highland Line, heading towards Oban. One stop before Oban you get off the train at Connel Ferry just 20 minutes drive south of the hotel. Taxis are easily arranged & will meet you at the station if required.
By Bus: Ballachulish or Connel with local buses to Appin (2.5 miles from hotel) Scottish Citylink services operate from Glasgow Buchanan Street Station to Connel/Oban and Ballachulish/Fort William plus services from Inverness to Fort William/Oban. There are then local bus connections to the village of Appin which is 2.5 miles from the hotel. Local taxi companies are easily arranged and will meet you off a bus in Appin.
Including The Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin into your cycle tour itinerary is easy to do. Port Appin is on an extremely pretty loop off the National Cycle Route No.78, the Oban to Fort William section of the Caledonia Way (more details on the Sustrans website).
Alternatively, pop your bikes on to the Oban to the Isle of Lismore ferry, cycle up the island from Achnacroish to Point and catch the foot passenger ferry over to Port Appin. The 10 minute ferry ride takes you and your bikes to the pier right in front of the hotel. Read about a group of touring cyclists who stopped off at the Pierhouse here in our Blog.
The Pierhouse is conveniently located for guests journeying onward from Oban, whether by Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) ferry to the Isles or Hebridean Island Cruises on the Hebridean Princess cruise ship. Oban ferry terminal is just a 20 mile scenic drive (allow 30m to 45m) to the south.