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Loch Awe, Scotland
Fast Facts
Boating & Sailing
Historic Interest
Tourist Attractions
Family-Friendly Tours
Points of Interest Nearby

Kilchurn Castle


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The thin finger of water known as Loch Awe is a great place to take adventurous children. Search for cairns at Cladich, Port Sonachan and Ardchonnel. Marvel at crannogs; the roundhouses found round the lake are age-old communal dwellings. Learn about hydroelectric power at Cruachan Power Station. Imagine life in a fortified castle, Kilchurn, Fraoch Eilean, Innisconnel and Fincharn. Tell tales of Scottish clans. Hike forested green hills. Kayak, row and fish.
Getting There
Loch Awe is located in western Scotland and is situated 16 miles (26 km) from Inveraray and 25 miles (39 km) from Oban. The nearest airports are in Glasgow and Edinburgh. European low cost airlines service both cities. Loch Awe is best accessed from the A85, B840 or B845. Scottish Citylink and Scottish Rail connect Loch Awe with Glasgow and Edinburgh. Trains and buses en route to Oban stop at Dalmally and Loch Awe.
Getting Around
Loch Awe is a great place to explore by boat, bike and foot. There are numerous walking trails and several cycling routes in and around Loch Awe. Several are short and easy and many are family friendly. Boat hires are available in Ardbrecknish and Dalavich Marina. Brown trout, char, perch and pike are the principle catch in this fresh water lake.
When to Travel
The best time of the year to visit western Scotland is from April to June. But don't expect endless days of warm sunshine. The weather in Scotland is fickle. It's as likely to be sunny as it is to be rainy. It's possible to experience more than one season in a single afternoon. The peak tourist season - July, August and Easter - is often crowded.
Things to Keep in Mind
Pack to dress in layers. Check the condition of the trail before setting out on a hike; they are often muddy after a rain.
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