The Pierhouse

Argyll & Bute
+44 (0)1631 730302
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A small hotel on the water with glorious views, lovely rooms, deep peace and one of the best seafood restaurants on the west coast


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

The original pier house for the village, this hotel is at the end of a single track on the shores of Loch Linnhe, with views across to Lismore and rising mountains beyond. You’ll be warmly greeted by hotel staff and the manager lives next door.

Find a sun-trapping terrace from which to watch the odd boat chug past, a smart bar for a dram, a white-washed snug with sofas in front of a wood-burner and a restaurant for some of the best seafood on the west coast – oysters, scallops and salmon, lobsters kept fresh in creels at the end of the pier. Breakfasts have a Scottish flavour: haggis, black pudding and smoked salmon, croissants with homemade preserves.

There’s lots to do: the ferry across to Lismore for fine walking, Ben Nevis, magical Ardnamurchan, the simple pleasures of the village itself. Wander to the shoreline at Appin Rocks or up the wooded hill for even more breathtaking 360-degree views, return to the Ferry Bar for a latte and scone.

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We think you'll love

  • The fresh seafood platters
  • The peaceful bedrooms in their own wing
  • That dogs are so welcome
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You should know

  • Wi-Fi reception isn’t great
  • The two back rooms are smaller and don’t have views
  • There are no bedrooms on the ground floor


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Christmas & Boxing Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £4.95. Bar meals from £12.50. Dinner à la carte £30-£50.


Nightly price
from £100
Extra beds: children aged 2-12 £30, 12+ £40.
4 Twin/doubles
From £100
2 Suites for 2
From £145
4 Doubles
From £100



The sea loch setting and surrounding amazing hills means it is perfectly placed for one to enjoy and appreciate some of Scotland's wonderful scenery. To waken in the morning to the gentle lapping of the waves, hear the soft purr of the ferry and watch the ferryman preparing to cast off with his faithful collie at his heels. At meal times enjoying the local produce, seafood in particular.

Anne, Sawday's inspector

A lovely place to stay. Beautiful setting on the loch side, and our room looked out on to that loch. The bedrooms are set apart from the main hotel and so are peaceful. The food in the evening was superb, and the place was clean and tidy, as you would expect. Would certainly stay there again


We visited to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversay and were not disappointed. Magical views and sunset from our bedroom.A great dinner with superb sea food. Relaxed but attentive service. A magicll place to be.


What a lovely atmosphere! Nick and Nikki make The Pierhouse feel like home. The restaurant was fantastic with seafood literally from 50 yards away. We watched the chap turn up in his boat with the scallops for that evening. The rooms are very comfortable and quiet. The bar was great to sit at for an early evening pint and there was a lovely atmosphere on the Friday evening. I always say that being in London, we're spoilt for food options so we're often hard to impress but The Pierhouse excelled. We'll definitely be back.


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The neighbourhood

It's very easy to have a lovely time doing very little in picturesque Port Appin – a walk along the pier watching the boats coming and going, a look through binoculars at eider ducks, geese, shags and at times seals, otters and sea eagles. Wander along the quiet single-track road to the craft shop – a showcase for the work of many local artisans – or pick up a holiday read from the telephone box converted into a Community Book Exchange

Local points of interest from Fiona McLean

  • Take a leisurely stroll from the hotel around Clach Thoull, Gaelic for 'hole in the rock' - a dramatic natural stone arch. Savour the wonderful views of the sea loch's islands, looking out for sea eagles, seals, seabirds and, if you are very lucky, otters.
  • Jump on the ferry in front of the hotel over to the fertile isle of Lismore. Walk or cycle on little-used old footpaths and explore the Iron Age Broch, Castle Coeffin, 13th Century cathedral, scenic Port Ramsay, Heritage Centre and café with home baking.
  • Hire a bike and follow the Appin Loop: highlights include quiet scenic lochside roads and cycle tracks, over Jubilee Bridge with views to Castle Stalker or around Upper Loch Creran. Explore Lismore by bike or the network of nearby forest trails.
  • Relax in the Ferry Bar beside the wood-burning fires or on the sun terrace and watch the world go by on the busy pier. Treat yourself to a massage or aromatherapy treatment in the comfort of your room or reserve the hotel’s traditional Finnish sauna.
  • Make a day of it - there’s Oban with its distillery and harbour, Inverary & Crinan Canal, wildlife-rich Mull & Iona, atmospheric Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Glenfinnan and the beautiful beaches of Arisaig, Ardnamurchan peninsula….the choices are endless
  • The hotel can help book organised activities – wildlife boat tours from Port Appin and the surrounding areas, guided sea kayaking trips, horse riding, fishing trips, guided hillwalking and mountaineering, golf courses, scuba diving, skiing and more.


Fiona McLean

Nick and Nikki Horne followed their dream in 2006 to start a new life with their then young children on Argyll's west coast. Since then, they have transformed a little-known backwater hotel into a renowned destination. They strive to offer their guests something different – a personal, relaxed friendly atmosphere, a ‘hands-on’ management style and a stunning location with a restaurant where the food comes straight from the loch or is reared and grown locally.