Where is Lismore island?
How do I get to Lismore?
The Oban ferry to Lismore takes 60 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended. Visit the ferry operator’s website for more information, times and prices: CalMac.
Getting to Oban
A regular direct train goes to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours. Check Scotrail
The bus to Oban from Glasgow takes just under 3 hours, traffic permitting. The bus from Inverness to Oban takes 3 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Fort William. Check Citylink
It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to drive to Oban from Glasgow, 3 hours from Edinburgh, 4 hours from Aberdeen, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Inverness.
The Port Appin ferry to Lismore takes 10 minutes and is a passenger only ferry. No vehicles. Visit the ferry operator’s website for more information, times and prices: CalMac.
Where are Mairi's retreats held on Lismore?
Carnie is a traditional Highland cottage with an extension that serves as the kitchen. The cottage is warm, welcoming and we sleep there too.
Classes take place in the Studio, a purpose-built space of 9m by 5.5m, with an oak floor, good light and good insulation, which is situated in the back garden of Carnie.
How do I get to the retreat venue from the ferry?
When you get to the cottage, there will be a hot cup of tea waiting for you.
Where do I stay on a Lismore retreat?
The cottages below are self-catering and are also within walking distance of Carnie cottage.
Click on the links below, then select Accommodation (on the left hand side) and select the name of the cottage:
The Smiddy (20 – 30 min walk to/from Carnie)
Stoker’s Cottage (30 min walk to/from Carnie)
What 'level' are Mairi's retreats and workshops for?
Why go on retreat?
Mairi will work with the material that you bring, helping you to create soundscapes using tunes, songs, poetry, movement and story. Willingness is the only requirement – no particular level of playing required.
“I went places with word, music and song where I have never gone before and wonder where to next. All of this due to your vision, sensitivity, hospitality and musical integrity, not always an easy path. Thank you”
A retreat might help you find your next step, develop your hearing, discover that your body is telling you a lot more than you realised, discover that your voice has so much colour in it, connect with like-minded people, relax in the beautiful surroundings of Lismore, and much more …
Max 7 participants per retreat
What types of retreat are there?
Exploring harmonies, technical support for bowing, tone, tuning and style. From beginner to professional player – all levels accommodated. Great food, beautiful place, new friends and a fabulous kitchen ceilidh!
Mairi’s voice retreats aim to create a supportive environment and opportunity to meet others in music and discover your voice. Mairi introduces songs and leads fun group improvisations, allowing each participant to experience resonance and community through singing. Maximum 7 participants.
What are the timings for the retreat?
We finish in time to get the 3pm ferry on the Monday (or the 4pm boat on the course that ends on the Sunday).
Bring recording equipment?
What food do we eat on retreat?
Is there a shop on Lismore?
Internet access and phone?
What is the difference between one of Mairi's retreats and a workshop?
Mairi’s other workshops tend to be in locations around Scotland, and further afield. Some last a few days and are in the retreat style, such as those Mairi co-leads with Kath Burlinson or Kedar Brown, and other workshops are for just a few hours and do not tend to have a maximum number of participants.
Both retreats and workshops are suitable for people of all musical abilities. Everyone is welcome.