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Achuaran House

Isle of Lismore

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Island escapes have always been popular. Some people prefer them to be simply an extension of the mainland, with all facilities and conveniences. Others like to get completely away from it all, living for a week without shops, roads, cars and the other intrusive trappings of modern living.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/8 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 3
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Sometimes, however, you can have the best of both worlds and the island of Lismore, where Achuaran House is situated, is surely one of these! Easily accessed either by a short car ferry crossing from Oban or an even shorter foot ferry from Port Appin, about 20 miles further up the west coast, it has one wee road which runs the length of the island.

The house has a lovely situation just a kilometer from the foot ferry pier, flanked by woodland to the rear and with wonderful views across the water to the mainland on the other side.

Inside, Achuaran is spacious and comfortable, in a traditional, homely, farmhouse style, where families of all ages can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings. It would have been one of the principal houses on the island and this is reflected in such features as the fine cornicing in the sitting room, where a large bay window makes the most of the view and the welcoming fire in the original Victorian fireplace.

The dining room too, with its quality antique furniture and large windows harks backs to the convivial elegance of times past. The kitchen is very much in typical farmhouse style, spacious, practical and with adjoining utility and laundry rooms in what would probably once have been sculleries and the pantry. The bedrooms upstairs are uniformly large and attractively furnished.

Achuaran is surrounded by a sloping grass garden, with woodland to the side and rear extending to two acres and enclosed by a low wall. The shore is just across the quiet, single track road from the house. Parents will delight in the fact that children can play, cycle and explore in safety (always remembering that the water is close by). There is secure storage for cycles, for the island is fairly level and cycling is an excellent way of getting around. There is also cycle hire on Lismore itself. You can fish for mackerel off the rocks, or explore the raised coastline and cliffs.

Map & Local

Both historically and geologically, Lismore is a fascinating place and has been inhabited since neolithic times. In fact, an arrowhead of Appin stone dating from 3500 BC was found in 1974 and is now in the Heritage Centre.

The well preserved Broch at Tirfuir bears witness to Pictish occupation some 2000 years ago and there is also a most interesting walk over to Coeffin Castle, named after the Viking prince who first built a stronghold there.

Naturalists will be interested to learn that Lismore is a geological oddity, being comprised of Dalradian limestone with basalt dykes crossing from south-east to north-west. With no mountains, surviving peat bogs and little heather, the ground is fertile and home to many species of flora and fauna not found elsewhere.

There is one well stocked general store on the island and one small but excellent Heritage Centre, which also houses a café/restaurant. The island hall is also a very lively place with many ceilidhs and dances, to which all are welcome.

If you do crave the odd gourmet meal, however, you have the Pierhouse Restaurant and Aird's Hotel, both rated among the leading eateries in Scotland, just at the jetty on the other side of the foot ferry (ferry tickets are £1.50 per person, so not exactly bank breaking). You can eat and drink your fill there and roll home again without worrying about breathalysers.

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting room with open fire and TV (Freeview)/DVD/V
Dining room
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc
Utility room with dishwasher
Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.


Double bedroom (super king-size) with en suite shower room
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom with cot
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Cot (excluding linen)
Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £50 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters and open fire (1 bag of fuel INCLUDED). WIFi is INCLUDED (not suitable for large downloads or video/TV streaming ie, YouTube, Netflix). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.

Please note: For Achuaran House, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.



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Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4 Sleeps 8
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 £1,250.00 £1,250.00
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £895.00 £950.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £1,250.00 £1,250.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £1,350.00 £1,350.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £895.00 £950.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £795.00 £850.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £895.00 £950.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £650.00 £750.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,350.00 £1,350.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,350.00 £1,350.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £650.00 £750.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £795.00 £850.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £895.00 £950.00
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

For Achuaran House, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.


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Fantastic, spacious and comfortable house, well equipped and in a STUNNING location overlooking the sea.

Our response:

It is in a stunning location - glad that you enjoyed your stay.


Great location and a wonderful property. Perfect for a family break.


Great location, wonderful views


No downstairs shower working.


Fabulous house and location. Warm and well equipped.


Refundable House Holder's deposit required