There are plenty of things to see and do in and around The Creagan Inn, Appin

Castle Stalker

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Castle Stalker was built in 1320 and passed from the Macdougalls to the Stewart Lords of Lorn in 1388. In 1497 the Stewarts and MacLarens carried out a combined raid against MacDonald of Keppoch as a reprisal for cattle reiving, but Dugald Stewart was killed and succeeded as Chief of Appin by his son Duncan.

King James IV of Scotland, born in 1473, was a cousin of the Stewarts of Appin and when he came of age made frequent hunting journeys to the Highlands.

It is understood that he stayed quite often at Castle Stalker, using it as a base for hunting and hawking for which he had a passion.

CALEDONIA WAY CYCLE TRACK

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Creagan is situated right on the new Caledonia Way Cycle Track route 78 which goes from Oban to Ballachulish and will eventually go from Campbelltown to Fort William.

Meander through the forests and glens or set your own pace beside the lochs. Just choose the sections which suit you and use the villages and towns in between as ideal stopovers.

Of course situated halfway between Oban and Ballachulish we hope you will include The Creagan as an ideal lunch or snack stopover!

SUTHERLANDS GROVE

Sutherlands Grove has a number of trails promoted by the Forestry Commission through ancient Scots Pine and tumbling rivers towards a reservoir. Lookout for the troll at the bridge! Accessed from the main A828 just 500m north of the turn-off to Barcaldine Primary School and the Marine Resource Centre.

The information board at the carpark has a number of trails for all ages including an ‘all abilities trail

Glasdrum (a Scottish Natural Heritage site) is two miles up the Creagan Loop towards the end of Loch Creran. A 1km stroll up and downhill through an Atlantic rainforets forest. Watch out for the butteflies.

THE FAIRY BRIDGE

FAIRY BRIDGE GLEN CRERAN copyAnother great walk is to The Fairy Bridge. (PIC) Driving from Creagan take the first roundabout off to your left and along the old part of the A828 (Creagan Loop) keeping the water on your right. Before you go over the bridge at the head of Loch Creran take the single track road (straight on) and keep going for 3 miles where you’ll eventually come to the end of the road and reach the Glen Ure gates.

Park outside the gates in the car park and walk up the Forestry Commission designated path (on the other side of the road) towards the viewpoint of Glen Ure (keeping the road you’ve just come up) on your left. Just as you’re about to turn back on yourself you’ll see a small overgrown deer-path which goes over a small burn (walking boots preferred).

Take this small over-grown path and walk about five minutes and you’ll discover the Fairy Bridge. Take the same path back to where you came off the main path then continue on the higher path and you’ll come to an information board looking towards Glen Ure the home of the Red Fox of Appin Murder.

APPIN MURDER

Colin Campbell ‘the Red Fox’ who was the owner of Glen Ure and supporter of the Hanoverian monarchy was factor and rent-collector of the surrounding King’s estates. He was allegedly murdered on 14th May 1752 by James Stewart of the Glen who was subsequently hanged and his body displayed for 18 months at Ballachulish South Ferry point as a warning to all Jacobites. According to this online version.

“Robert Louis Stevenson became so fascinated with the story that he based the novels Kidnapped and Catriona on the episode”

Read more on The Appin Murder or View aMap of Glen Ure.