The Pierhouse

Port Appin, Argyll and Bute

There are glorious views to Lismore and Mull across Loch Linnhe from the dining room and sun terraces of this hotel in a 'magic, peaceful place', once a drop-off point for steamships. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There are glorious views to Lismore and Mull across Loch Linnhe from the dining room and sun terraces of this hotel in a ‘magic, peaceful place’, once a drop-off point for steamships. Today, lobsters come fresh from the creels at the end of the pier, which is overlooked by the newly furnished Ferry bar. The owner, Gordon Campbell Gray (see also The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan), came aboard two years ago without rocking the boat; public rooms are hung with works from his art collection. Four cliff-facing king-size/twin rooms look into a rockery; others have ‘wonderful sea views’. All are simple and pleasing with a super-comfy bed. Superior loch-facing rooms have lounge seating, a combined bath and shower. All now have smart TV. Chef Michael Leathley sources ingredients from within 50 miles – if not 50 feet – and pescatarian dishes include a shellfish platter, Loch Leven mussels, roast monkfish and Loch Linnhe langoustine stew. There is game in season, too, and imaginative vegan options, ‘good and helpful’ service. After a breakfast of Inverawe kipper, be sure to see ‘the amazing Castle Stalker from the Monty Python film’. (DG, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Port Appin
Argyll and Bute
PA38 4DE
Scotland

Telephone

01631 730302

Bedrooms

12.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

snug, lounge, bar, restaurant (vegan menu), private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, sauna, spa treatments, sun terraces, moorings, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed for under-13s £30, cots and high chairs available.

Dogs

well-behaved dogs allowed in 2 bedrooms (not unattended, £15 per night), bar and dining room, not in main restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £125 (single occupancy of cliff-facing room, Sun–Thurs, Nov–Mar, £85). À la carte £45.