One resident of sleepy Glenuig mistook the vibrations for a helicopter, while his wife thought she'd left her washing machine on.
Scotland's latest earthquake may not have shaken the foundations, but it certainly gave locals an unexpected wake up call early on Sunday morning.
The quake measured 3.5 on the Richter scale and it was felt as far away as Skye, Mull, Inverness and Oban.
It is the largest earthquake in the area since January 2008, when a tremor of the same magnitude was recorded near Glenfinnan.
Of course, these are tiny compared with the nine-plus magnitude quake that rocked Sumatra in 2004 or the magnitude 8.8 quake that struck Chile in February 2010.
And it's fair to say the people of California and Japan would view our little tremor as little more than a minor shake.
There are roughly 200-300 quakes in Britain every year, but the vast majority are so small that no one notices them.
Many of the small earthquakes felt in Scotland are along the geological structure known as the Ochil Fault to the south of the Ochil Hills.
And one of the earliest scientific buildings devoted to detecting earthquakes in Scotland - Earthquake House - is at Comrie in Perthshire.
The Outer Hebrides, the extreme north and most of the east of Scotland are virtually devoid of earthquakes.
The largest recorded quake in the UK was in 1931 and measured 6.1. It was centred on Dogger Bank in the North Sea, and so the quake had little impact on the mainland.
An earthquake is caused when huge pieces of flat rock called tectonic plates rub together to force waves of energy up to the earth's surface.