Information for Visitors (November 2008)


As the organising team has now secured funding for its programme from Argyll and Bute Council, advanced planning has now started. 

The provisional programme for the week is:

Saturday 8 August    Formal reception for descendants of emigrants and islanders at the Lismore Heritage Centre
Sunday 9 August

Church Service in the parish church (the choir of the medieval Cathedral of Argyll, on the site of St Moluags monastery)

Monday 10 August

Launch of new museum displays (including the Lismore bard Hugh Anderson); opening of the Genealogy Centre; and publication of the Register of Emigrants.

Tuesday 11 August

Talk by Lucille Campey on Emigration to Canada (to be confirmed)

Wednesday 12 August

Walk to Achanard, the site of the first clearance of people from Lismore in the 1780s.  This will be the inauguration of a new waymarked pathway to Achanard and to the highest point of the island on Barr Mr

Thursday 13 August Book Day; Story Telling
Friday 14 August     Comann Eachdraidh annual Ceilidh Dance

The whole week will be tied together by daily performances by the Lismore Youth Theatre and the Walking Theatre Company, and by displays of arts and crafts with an emigration theme, made on the island during the months before August. There will be plenty of time and opportunities to meet islanders and explore history, landscape and wildlife.


Accommodation etc

Much of the information you will need to arrange your visit (including accommodation) can be found on the Lismore website www.isleoflismore.com. 

Access is by a 45 minute car ferry trip from Oban, which must be booked in advance;  or by the hourly foot ferry from Port Appin, which can carry bicycles (timetables for both at www.calmac.co.uk).  John and Dorothy Livingstone provide a taxi service on the island (01631 760 220) and the Community Bus will be available in support of events.  The Lismore Heritage Centre includes a museum, caf and shop, and a wide range of provisions, hardware, newspapers etc are available at the Lismore Store and Post Office.  Those wishing to stay on the mainland will find a wide range of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Port Appin on the internet



Once you have decided to attend some or all of the Homecoming Lismore 2009 events, please email Robert Hay  to register.

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