Guest book entries for 2015



Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:14:35 +0000



Name: Rodney Evans

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:55:12 +0000


I am a Yank who grew up overseas. I finished high school in England at a boarding school in the early 1970s where Lindsay MacFadyen was Headmistress. I was a borderline (or full blown, depending on who you ask) delinquent in those days, and "Miss Mac" was a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately for me, she prevailed. I went on to become an engineer, and she retired to her family home of Lismore. I visited Lindsay on Lismore in 1994, and again in 2009. She will always have a special place in my heart, and so by association does Lismore and Oban. I look forward to returning again.

Name: Paul McColl

Location: Stafford, England

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:33:59 +0000


I am digging into my family history and have got back as far as Hugh MacColl and his wife Janet Black in late 1700. I believe Hugh was born 1765. I am descended through his son Duncan and wife Mary.
I tried to visit the island last year but was thwarted by the weather on arrival at port Appin. It found that some of the family went to Canada while my 'branch' came down to Glasgow then Chatham. I would be delighted to get in touch with anyone who has any info about the family in these times.
Many thanks.

Name: Neil & Sarah

Location: Midlothian

Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:53:49 +0000


Been wanting to visit this Island for a few years now and glad to say we have now managed it.

The wee break we had on the Island was a wonderful experience, all the Islanders were welcoming and friendly. SO glad we chose the place.

Can't wait to come back again, hopefully longer next time...!.

Thanks folks,

Neil & Sarah

Name: Heather Angell

Location: Poole

Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:37:13 +0100


Watched the program on BBC2 it was so lovely to see Lismore brought back lovely memories of the island it is so beautiful hope to return some day

We will look forward to seeing you!

Name: Sandra Owens

Location: MS Therapy Centre Oban

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:32:12 +0100


I and my colleague Amanda visited the Heritage Centre last Friday to receive a fantastic donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Oban. Some of those who took part in the event, the mock wedding, welcomed us then served a lovely afternoon tea with the most delicious raspberry, cream scone! We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and determination the group have to improve the facilities on the Island. The whole community work together to achieve their goal.
Thank you for the donation which will help our MS clients. We wish you success in all you strive to achieve in the future.

Name: Bruce Livingston

Location: Sarasota, FL USA

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:49:21 +0100


Last year your photography club put together a wonderful calendar. Is there a plan to do one for 2016?

The 2016 calendar is now available – click here for details

Name: John Kane

Location: Redditch (but Scottish)

Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:28:41 +0100


A big disappointment.

We often travel on a CalMac Ferries Island Rover ticket, which I would thoroughly recommend, but we have never been able to visit Lismore because the previous ferry could not accommodate our campervan.

This time we travelled on a Saturday afternoon in August with the intention of eating out on the island, camping there and buying local supplies, which we make a point of doing when we visit a small island, as we wish to support the community.

We found nowhere at all to camp on the island, the shop was shut and the only place open was the cafı and museum. On entering the cafı at around 16.00hrs we were told by a foreign sounding waitress that we could not be served as they were too busy as they had to set out the tables for a function later that evening.

The toilets had the cleaners sign outside them, even though there were still a few visitors in the museum.

However, looking at the prices on the menu, we probably had a lucky escape.

The museum was of moderate interest if you were passionate about Gaelic, which we are not, but otherwise held very little attraction, although did have several donations boxes.

Having failed to find anywhere to shop, eat, drink or camp, we returned to the ferry port early having spent nothing on the island, except the obligatory donation to the museum. Even then we felt cheated as the other exhibits were locked up.

On our return to the ferry port to catch an early ferry back to the mainland we found that the ferry port is the meeting place for the local youths, who having nothing else to do, spend their time swilling lager and shouting profanities to each other.

Lismore could be a nice place to visit with a little attention to the infrastructure but we got the distinct impression that the islanders did not welcome visitors.

For example, there is no campsite but as most visitors come during the summer months then why not let them camp in the school grounds for a fee while the grounds and buildings are not being used by students?

Also, there is nowhere to park and admire the views. Passing places are, quite literally, few and far between.

The vehicle ferry takes the best part of an hour, after having negotiated the streets of Oban. Why not run it from Post Askaig and run a faster, more comfortable, passenger ferry from Oban?

In summary, having been to almost every inhabited island in Scotland, I would advise visitors to go to any of the other islands which have all made us welcome.

I note that all comments on this Guestbook are screened for suitability. I assume this entry will be deemed unsuitable as it is negative, however I am giving my honest view and if the community of Lismore cannot accept that things must change in order to survive then so be it.

We are sorry to hear you didn't have a good time on Lismore. As we are sure you know from the Introduction page, Lismore has only about 180 people living on it and so, even with tourists, it is not possible to have the facilities that other, larger islands enjoy. For this reason we make opening hours information for the shop, café and museum available from the Local Information page. We are sorry if you missed this. We have put this on the agenda of our next Website meeting. The lack of campsites is a shame but this is flagged up on the Accommodation page. We do have wild or informal camping on the island and most locals are willing and able to describe suitable places. We answered two such queries in August alone. It is a shame you didn't ask when at the museum as we are sure you would have had a helpful response.

It sounds as if you were on the island on Saturday 8th August. This was during the very popular Medieval Lismore weekend of activities and so the café had to close promptly at 4pm to set up for the Medieval Banquet at 7pm. Usually anyone arriving at closing time would be served and Kiki's recollection of this day is that several people arrived after closing time and all were told that they could have drinks on the decking but that food wasn't available because of the preparations. The need to be ready for the evening event probably explains why the loos were being cleaned before the last customers had finished. Our apologies for the inconvenience. The café and museum are housed in the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre and so, perhaps, the emphasis on Gaelic was to have been expected.

We are sorry that your experience of Achnacroish pier wasn't pleasant. We would, however, say that the island has very few residents between the ages of 18 and 25 and so, if it was a large group you saw, some or all of the youths may have been, like yourselves, from off the island. No one has raised this issue with us in the past and it is not something we have ever experienced.

Your suggestion about allowing camping in the school grounds sounds a good one and has been discussed before. Unfortunately, it is not allowed because of the council's insurance. Children aren't allowed to use the field for games outside of school times for the same reason.

Passing places can indeed be a problem as the whole island is single track, and there are some stretches of road where, if you meet another vehicle, you may have to reverse quite a way. It certainly improves your reversing! This is a matter dealt with at Council level and has been brought up with them in the past.

Again, the ferry is outwith our control and has been discussed thoroughly over a great many years.

We do indeed screen all contributions to the Guest book but this is to spare our readers from offers of Russian brides or blue pills.

Let us again say how sorry we are that your visit was not successful. If you would like to give us another chance, why not email us here at the website and we will try to help with the arrangements.

Website Group

Name: Peter Comrie

Location: Perthshire

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:42:16 +0100


Work for Tornado Wire Limited, I visited the island recently for work what a perfect place to get away for a while wish I could have stayed longer. So easy to get to on the passenger ferry I was picked up on the other side.

Name: Steven King

Location: Hereford

Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:31:04 +0100


Had a long connection with Lismore. My grandfather (Donald King) used to own a house on the island and so did my auntie (Dolly).

Name: Peggie Hurteau

Location: Sparta, Tennessee, USA

Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:47:41 +0100


Just visiting. My Carmichael ancestors came to America late 1700s-early 1800s. Would love to visit some day.

Name: Candy Welsh Payne

Location: Western New York State, USA

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:56:16 +0000


Thank you for this wonderful website. I've not had the pleasure of visiting but recently learned that some of my ancestors ( Carmichaels and McColls ) were from Lismore and have become enchanted with your wonderful 'great garden'

Name: Stranart Anne-Marie avnue Van Becelaere 24 BP 35-1170- Brussels

Location: Brussels Belgium

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:45:42 +0000


I was on Lismore living by Mrs Maureen Crossan during august 2010 and I was so happy there.
I went on Lismore when I was 17th (I am now 77 years old!) in summer 1955. And I was also very happy. I hope to come once aqain because I love Lismore and its people. Love to everybody.

Name: Hannah Lora Whyte

Location: Sunderland

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:36:00 +0000


Hi, if you've heard about me being born in 2002 and also living a year and a half here. I have a brother now who loved it when we went in 2010 to see my childhood

I loved it too!!! Also Daddy and Mum remember it too!!!