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.