The Island 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.

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

Rubha Fiart — the south end of the island

The Lismore Lighthouse on Eilean Musdile

Looking south to the islands of Seil, Luing and Scarba