Welcome: an introduction

The Pierhouse Hotel nestles on the shores of a sea loch, Loch Linnhe, in the village of Port Appin, Argyll. Halfway between Oban and Fort William, the hotel's peaceful lochside setting offers magnificent views across the loch to the isle of Lismore, the isle of Mull and the hills of Morvern, Ballachulish and Ben Nevis to the north. 

About the Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant on Scotland's west coast
The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

find yourself in seafood heaven

The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

stunning setting, service & Seafood

The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

local seafood - simply divine

The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

Escape to tranquility

The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

a quiet and hidden gem

The Pierhouse originally started life as the 19th century residence of the Pier Master, who was responsible for overseeing the cargo and passenger traffic waiting to board the numerous steam vessels that travelled up and down the loch. Read more about the hotel's history>.

Now converted to an hotel and restaurant, The Pierhouse has won an increasing reputation as one of Argyll's most idyllic and romantic destinations.  Browse this page for an introduction, or take a look at our Stay and Food & Drink sections - not forgetting our extensive photo galleries.

At a glance...

Twelve en-suite bedrooms
A la carte restaurant for 60 guests
Bar meals
Children's menus 
Open for lunch & dinner 7 days
Tea, coffees & home baking all day
Licensed public bar from 11.30am
Residents lounge, wood-burning stove

Flatscreen TV (freeview digital)
Wireless internet access
Private car parking
Private functions catered for
Weddings, receptions and dinners
Traditional Finnish sauna
Moorings for visiting yachts
Mountain bike hire

Hotel facilities

The Residents' Snug lounge
The Residents' Snug lounge

The distinctive shape of the old pier house remains - now home to the Residents' Snug lounge (with its comfy leather sofas and wood-burning stove) and the Lismore dining room which forms part of our seafood restaurant. A purpose built hotel wing was added in 1992 enhancing the already growing reputation for warm Highland hospitality. Individually styled, the bedrooms have a fresh, contemporary feel to them and have, of course, en suite showers/bathrooms - more details about our bedooms here>

The Ferry Bar is at the heart of the hotel, radiating warmth from an impressive wood-burning fire - not to mention its choice of over 100 malt whiskies and ever increasing selection of Scottish craft gins>. 

Teas, coffees and home baking are served daily from 8am, with bar lunches and dinners also available. When the weather is fine, guests love to sit outside on the terrace with a refreshing drink to soak up the sun, the sea views and the daily life on the pier. Truly relaxing!

Seafood restaurant

The Pierhouse seafood restaurant
The Pierhouse seafood restaurant

Our award winning candle-lit seafood restaurant was added in 1997 and offers the most splendid views across the loch. While savouring delicious, simply prepared seafood, the restaurant is the perfect spot to watch our amazing west coast sunsets. The restaurant offers a la carte dining at lunch and at dinner, including a children's menu and an extensive wine list especially chosen to complement our seafood, game and meat dishes. The hotel has a second dining room, the Lismore Room which is also available for private functions including small weddings and birthday parties.

Outdoor activities

Gentle walks in stunning scenery
Gentle walks in stunning scenery

The Pierhouse is perfectly positioned to enjoy the great outdoors - with walking and cycling for all, sight seeing and adventure activities all year round. Find out more in our Explore pages and be sure to ask a member of staff for days out ideas. The hotel has mountain bikes for guests to hire - ideal to enjoy the national cycle route around Appin or take on the ferry across to Lismore for the day.

A full range of excellent relaxation, aromatherapy, therapeutic & sports massage treatments are offered to guests by a highly experienced fully qualified practitioner, enjoyed in the comfort of your hotel room. The hotel also has a traditional Finnish sauna for guests' use.

Find The Pierhouse

The Pierhouse is approximately 20 miles north of Oban (allow 30 mins journey time) and 27 miles south of Fort William (allow 45 minutes journey time) on Scotland's west coast. Journey times by road from Glasgow: 2hr 15m, Edinburgh: 2hr 30m to 3hr. Follow this link for directions from Google Maps (opens in new window).

By road

From Glasgow - take the M8 west across the Erskine Bridge and turn left onto the A82 to Crianlarich, and continue heading north on the A82 signed Fort William. At Ballachulish, take the A828 to Oban and in Appin, turn right at the "Port Appin / Lismore Ferry" sign (allow 2 hours and 15 minutes journey time). We recommend that you take this 'northern' route via the A82 signed Fort William, rather than the 'southern' route via the A85 signed Oban (via Taynuilt and Connel Bridge).

From Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling. Follow the A84 and head towards Crianlarich (A82), carry on to Ballachulish. Take the A828 to Oban and in Appin turn right at the "Port Appin"/Lismore Ferry" sign (allow 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours).

By air

The nearest airports are Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports (see directions above for journey times by road from the airport).

Additionally, private planes can land at Connel Airfield, just 20 minutes drive south from the hotel. Taxis and car hire are easily arranged and will meet you at the airfield if required.

By public transport

By Train: Connel Ferry Train Station (approx 20 miles) Trains depart from Glasgow Queen Street Station on the incredibly scenic West Highland Line, heading towards Oban. One stop before Oban you get off the train at Connel Ferry just 20 minutes drive south of the hotel. Taxis are easily arranged & will meet you at the station if required.

By Bus: Ballachulish or Connel with local buses to Appin (2.5 miles from hotel) Scottish Citylink services operate from Glasgow Buchanan Street Station to Connel/Oban and Ballachulish/Fort William plus services from Inverness to Fort William/Oban. There are then local bus connections to the village of Appin which is 2.5 miles from the hotel. Local taxi companies are easily arranged and will meet you off a bus in Appin.

Cycle Touring?

Including The Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin into your cycle tour itinerary is easy to do. Port Appin is on an extremely pretty loop off the National Cycle Route No.78, the Oban to Fort William section of the Caledonia Way (more details on the Sustrans website).

Alternatively, pop your bikes on to the Oban to the Isle of Lismore ferry, cycle up the island from Achnacroish to Point and catch the foot passenger ferry over to Port Appin. The 10 minute ferry ride takes you and your bikes to the pier right in front of the hotel.  Read about a group of touring cyclists who stopped off at the Pierhouse here in our Blog.

Onward Journeys

The Pierhouse is conveniently located for guests journeying onward from Oban, whether by Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) ferry to the Isles or Hebridean Island Cruises on the Hebridean Princess cruise ship. Oban ferry terminal is just a 20 mile scenic drive (allow 30m to 45m) to the south.

Visiting yachts

Perfectly placed for visiting yachts
Perfectly placed for visiting yachts

Situated in one of Argyll's most spectacular destinations on Loch Linnhe, The Pierhouse is perfectly placed for visiting yachts and boat.

Make use of our moorings and come ashore to dine in our award winning seafood restaurant - our a la carte lunch and dinner menu is served daily. Booking is recommended - call +44 (0) 1631 730 302 to reserve a table.

Overnight mooring is free for restaurant diners; washing facilities are also available.

Find out more on our page for marine visitors>

Dogs welcome

Quiet, well behaved and house-trained dogs are welcome in the bedrooms only. Please check with Reservations regarding our charges per dog. All we ask is that you please bring your own dog bedding/basket and towels to dry off muddy paws before entering the hotel. Dogs must not be left unattended in bedrooms at any time.

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