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  • Loch Awe, for the tourist, is an interesting and slightly different destination

    • by fredhound

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      Of all the many fresh water lochs in the Highlands of Scotland, among the most loved by those who have seen it must be Loch Awe, which lies in the Argyll & Bute region of the south-western part of the area. It is more than 25 miles in length, making it the longest of all Scotland’s inland lochs, but mostly well under a mile in width. Loch Awe snakes its way down from near Dalmally in the north to a spot close to the small village of Torran in the south, and provides a wonderful drive for those with a bit of patience who are prepared to take the narrow roads with calm ease.

      Getting to the loch is easy enough if you have a car, since the main A85 road, which

      runs from Crianlarich to Oban, passes across the head of the loch in the north. If you want to see more than this glimpse, however, you will need to reserve quite a bit more time and make the journey southward along the much narrower A819 and B840 roads that wind their ways down the eastern bank of the water. There is, in fact, a road along the western bank as well, but this is generally very narrow and not always that well maintained, as well as being separated from the loch by areas of woodland a lot of the time.

      Unlike many parts of the remoter Highlands, Loch Awe is at least marginally accessible by public transport. The branch line to Oban has a station in the small village of Lochawe (which ...

      • here is spelled as a single word) at the head of the loch. Although a very small station with only a few trains per day and just a single platform, it is easy enough to find as it is close to the large and imposing Loch Awe Hotel. From here, although only in the summer, it is possible to take a ferry to visit the ruins of Kilchurn Castle out in the bay

        The southern part of Loch Awe is generally much quieter, probably because it requires more effort to reach, but you may well see a large number of anglers in places, as the loch has a very high reputation for the quality of its trout fishing. Many people, though, come simply for the glorious scenery, which on one of the

        (all too rare) fine and sunny days can simply take the breath away with its calm grandeur. As well as the mountains and valleys around the banks, the loch contains several small islands, such as Innis Chonan, which despite its small size once supported a sizeable house.

        Loch Awe, for the tourist, is an interesting and slightly different destination. It does not have the worldwide fame of Loch Ness or Loch Lomond, and if you are looking for a wide range of busy activities then it is probably not the place for you. However, the superb quality of the scenery and the feeling, especially at the southern end of the loch, of being right away from it all, make many people feel that it is one of the country’s most attractive waterways.

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