Lovely Lismore-Scotland’s Great Garden Isle

Adventures in the Mother Country

We have been taking full advantage of this glorious Scottish autumn to take day trips around Argyll, so I’ll have plenty of things to write about all winter while I’m stuck inside watching the rain. A recent highlight was bagging another Hebridean island, one that was high on my bucket list. In Gaelic it’s known as Lios Mòr- Great Garden- or Lismore.

The island is only nine square miles, with just over a dozen miles of road, most of which is gently rolling tarmac. We heard that the best way to see the island was by bicycle, so we borrowed a pair from a friend and set out on a Sunday morning. We bought round trip tickets on the CalMac 11 am ferry from Oban to Achnacroish, on Lismore, a trip that takes about 50 minutes. Our plan was to take a leisurely ride of about six miles around the…

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