An outdoor enthusiast's dream
The hotel is perfectly placed for you to enjoy your favourite activities. Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or with a group of friends, we will go the extra mile to make your stay at The Pierhouse as enjoyable as possible. We can organise packed lunches, fill flasks, provide mountain bikes and arrange sports massages in your room. If you are planning a trip for your Club/Group with a particular activity in mind, don't hesitate to get in touch - we know the area well ourselves or we know who to ask on your behalf as Appin is full of enthusiastic walkers, cyclists and kayakers. Here are a few pointers to whet your appetites!
Hill walking and Munro 'bagging'
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful hills and The Pierhouse is a perfect base from which to explore the hills around Loch Creran, Ballachulish, Glencoe, The Mamores and Nevis Range. There is plenty of choice from the well-known Munros (hills over 3000ft/914m), iconic climbs in Glencoe and Ben Nevis, to lesser known but very rewarding Corbetts (hills between 2500ft/762m and 3000ft/914m) in Creran, Duror and across the water from the hotel in Ardgour and Morvern. Read more here>
Mountain biking and cycle touring
There are cycling days out for all in the area. For mountain bike fans, head for the exciting downhill mountain trails at Glencoe and Nevis Range. Plus there are forest tracks at nearby Forestry Commission sites and gentle cycle track or quiet road cycling to explore the backroads around Appin and on the isle of Lismore. Read more>
Stop over at The Pierhouse as part of your cycle touring holiday. A favourite route for cyclists includes taking the ferry from Oban to the isle of Lismore, exploring the island then crossing over to Port Appin from the other ferry at the top of Lismore and staying overnight at The Pierhouse. Next day, set off north for Fort William, Ardgour or the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Read about one visiting cycling group in our Blog>.
For Pierhouse guests it couldn't be easier - simply launch from our beach in front of the hotel and you're off! Experienced sea kayakers will immediately enjoy the seascape around Port Appin. Head north and you pass the iconic Port Appin lighthouse and Castle Stalker. Head south and the islands and skerries of the Lynn of Lorne open up in front of you. For those who like to 'go round things', a circumnavigation of the isle of Lismore is an extremely rewarding full day out, best enjoyed when you run with the tide and reach the bottom of Lismore at slack water.
For paddlers who prefer to go on an organised day out, there are several sea kayak coaching/guiding companies that we can recommend - more details here>.