There is no such thing as a dull walk on Lismore. This island in the Inner Hebrides, surrounded by the hills of Argyll and Morvern, is rich in every way. Small but rich. It’s only ten miles long and a mile wide and the highest point, Bàrr Mòr, with panoramic views from Ben Nevis to Islay, is 127 metres (417 feet), so it’s irresistible walking. And constantly photogenic. Walk Lismore will help you to discover the multilayered richness we live with. Or to quote the late Donald Black:
Lismore is an island where each ruin, each knoll carries some tale, some secret tradition unique to that spot. Even evidence of cultivation is a memorial to some long-departed ploughman and other agricultural system.Sgeul no Dhà às an Lios: A Tale or Two from Lismore, Black, D (2006)
When lockdown arrived, we decided to walk all the raised beaches that encircle the island, and to tell Lismore’s story as we walked. The result is more than raised beaches, but that was the start.
When I moved to Lismore in 1990 I used to see people coming off the ferry, wondering where to start. That gave rise to Explore Appin and Lismore, paper guides with heritage, still available in the Museum shop. Walk Lismore continues this way of seeing the island. In addition, these days when you arrive at either ferry you can hire bikes, buy cakes, have a swim, go on a tour with Explore Lismore, or simply walk.
These walks are easy to follow and can be walked physically or in cyberspace. Because they are all loops you can decide where to start and in which direction to go.
Ceud mìle fàilte. A hundred thousand welcomes. Enjoy this amazing island.
Pauline Isabel Dowling
Important reminder: All dogs must be on leads, and remember to keep clear of all livestock, especially sheep and sheep with lambs and … please leave all gates as you find them. Thank you.