Lismore is located near Oban in the Firth of Lorn. It is a small island but has a population of 192 – this has grown by over 30% from 146 in 2001. The population is spread between the villages of Kilcheran, Baligrundie, Achancroish (the car ferry port), Clachan and Port Ramsay (the passenger ferry port in the north of the island)
Lismore is served by a regular ferry from Oban which makes regular crossings throughout the day. There is also a passenger ferry which makes the short crossing from the mainland at Port Appin to Port Ramsay. This is operated by Argyll + Bute Council
The island has its own primary school and children travel to Oban for secondary school education. The main industries on the island are tourism and agriculture.
For an overview of the number of housing association properties on Lismore, click here
Housing for Sale
Most housing on Lismore is privately owned. There are a limited number of houses sold every year and there is often strong demand increasing local house prices.
The Scottish Government promotes initiatives to help first time buyers, but some like the Help to Buy scheme and the MI New Home initiatives are mainly available for new build housing in locations outside of the Hebrides.
Open Market LIFT may be accessible, however access to financial support is currently limited and house price thresholds are low. In Lismore, the low threshold means there are few if any houses coming on the market where Open Market LIFT would be relevant. Many islands also have few house sales limiting this option – it is not available for self build.
Islanders may also be able to get help to buy through the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
Information on houses are currently for sale on Lismore can be found here and at the following:
Recent house prices can be viewed here
Private Rented Housing
Information on properties available for rent can be found at the following locations:
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