Dunstaffnage to Port Appin – Section 4 | Day 7

The Oban and Loch Awe skiffs are rowing in convoy northwards from Dunstaffnage Bay along the east side of Lismore island, the spiritual home of the Oban skiff, St Moluag. They cross Ardmucknish Bay to the Loch Nell peninsula, row up the Lynn of Lorn, cross the mouth of Loch Creran and overnight at Port Appin, where there is a pub and good seafood.

Taken from the Passage Plan:

No real emergency exits apart from Camas Nathais, road at head, between Lochnell southern headlands. Also to the north of Isle of Eriska (pontoon on Loch Creran) but 4 knot tide at springs; (3km on to Port Appin) or across on Lismore. Passage north is sheltered from westerlies by Lismore, but strong tides.
Keep at least ¼ mile off Rubha Garbh-Aird, the point west of Ardmucknish Bay; rocks, Bogha Garbh-Aird. Clearing bearing 339 degrees to village of Achnacroish on Lismore, from Rubha Fion-Aird; drying reef off this point. Two drying bays, Sailean Ruadh and Sailean Sligeanach, and the Eriska Bay off Ardentinny. Keep at least ¼ mile off mainland (Eriska Shoal).
Light beacon on Dearg Sgeir, SW of Airds Point. Appin Rocks (dry at half tide) extend SW of Rubha Clach Tholl (natural arch).

Rubha Clach Tholl: photo Wildlochaber
Lismore Passenger Ferry from Port Appin: photo Wildlochaber
Port Appin: photo Wildlochaber



The Isle of Eriska is at the mouth of Loch Creran, where it joins Loch Linnhe, and is a private island with a smart hotel and spa.
Loch Creran is a Marine Protected Area for its flame shell beds; it is also a Special Conservation Area and lies within the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area.

Looking east over the Lynn of Lorn. Port Appin to the left, Lismore bottom right and Loch Creran behind: photo James Fenton
Lismore in the foreground, Port Appin on the mainland: photo James Fenton
Ferry slip at Port Appin, bottom left, for the passenger ferry across to Lismore: photo James Fenton

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