We have visited this beautiful island before, on foot, using both the Port Appin ferry in the north and the Oban ferry in the south, but this time we wanted to see a bit more so we took the car on the Oban ferry. What a splendid journey up Loch Linnhe, especially when the sun shines as it did for us. We drove straight to the cafe for morning coffee and a scone (not much by way of facilities on the boat) and then explored the north of the island. That brought us back to the cafe, very conveniently, at lunch time, following which we went round the museum (in the same building) and then explored the south of the island. Which brought us back to the cafe for afternoon tea, sitting outside in the sunshine. By this time the place was beginning to feel like home, and the staff became more and more friendly with each visit. We still had time to go round the church, or cathedral as it was at one time, before catching the last ferry back to Oban.
The cafe was good, and had a surprising range on offer for a small island, but the whole experience of a day on Lismore was fabulous. Very green and lush, living up to it's Gaelic name of Great Garden, sea views with islands round almost every bend, distant mountains on three sides, and a fascinating history. Ancient castle and broch, abandoned villages, and one-time home to a saint. A grand day out.
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