The Isle of Lismore



One of my favourite destinations is this low-lying island which lies at the entrance to Loch Linnhe. Its name comes from the Gaelic "Lios-Mór" meaning "Great Garden" and, blessed with fertile soil, it has an abundance of wild flowers and bird life.

Just 12 miles long and 1½ miles at its widest point, Lismore offers many interesting walks or cycle rides with spectacular views of sea and mountain -- a veritable photographer's delight.

Numerous ancient historical remnants are visible on the island including Bronze Age cairns and Iron Age duns. Tirfuir Broch is one of the best preserved galleried Pictish brochs in the country.

Castle Coeffin is a ruined 13th century hall-house and courtyard and I have been told that it was initially built by the MacDougalls of Lorn, but later passed to the Campbells. Legend has it that the name came from Caifen, a Viking prince whose sister was said to haunt the castle until her remains were returned to Norway to be buried by her lover's side. Also in ruins is Achadun Castle which dates back to the 13th century and held by the Bishops of Argyll until the 16th century.

I do hope you enjoy the photographs.


A fine summer day on the road near Fiart Farm


The ruins of Castle Coeffin


Old Austin car near Port Ramsay


Loch Baile Ghobhainn


Looking towards he ruins of Tirfuir -- a Pictish Broch


Closer view of the broch


Looking north over the island to Beinn a Bheithir


Looking east to Ben Cruachan from Dun Chruban


Looking north to the Morvern Mountains


Looking north-east towards Port Ramsay and beyond


Pasture land south of Port Ramsay


The island's rugged west coast


Looking over Loch Linnhe to the Island of Mull


Rainbow near Bachuil Farm


Cliffs on the west coast


Looking east towards Glen Creran on the mainland


The remains of Achinduin Castle


Sheep at Achinduin farm


Sheep on the path to Achinduin Castle


Achuran Farm, Beinn a Bheithir in the distance


Beach at Port Ramsay


Grazing near Castle Coeffin


Summer shower approaching


Rubha Fiart -- the south end of the island


The Lismore Lighthouse on Eilean Musdile


Looking south to the islands of Seil, Luing and Scarba

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