As the longest freshwater loch, Loch Awe Scotland has a lot to offer with 1000m high summits to the North small islands to the South. It is also famous for the ruins of the Kilchurn Castle Scotland. Discover its beauty in video and photo:
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Loch Awe Scotland - Video
Let's start with a short video of the drive along the east shore of Loch Awe Scotland:
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Loch Awe Scotland and Kilchurn Castle Scotland
Kilchurn Castle Scotland
Kilchurn Castle Scotland was built in the mid 15th century. I was the base of the Campbells of Glenorchy for 150 years. It was originally a 5-storey tower but sections were added later on. It is sometimes referred to as Loch Awe Castle.
It was later turned into a garrison stronghold before being abandoned by the end of the 1700s.
Because of its situation with high surrounding peaks, it is one of the most photographed castle in Scotland like Eilean Donan Castle.
North of Loch Awe Scotland
The most dramatic section of Loch Awe is the North. It is surrounded by Ben Cruachan (1124m) and Beinn Eunaich (988m).
A little bit to to South is where the loch connects to River Awe. It is the largest section of the loch
B840 - Driving down Loch Awe Scotland
Loch Awe Scotland is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland: 41km (25mi). Its average width is 1km (0.62mi).
Because it is so narrow, the views are spectacular. Sadly most of the drive along the loch has limited views. A lot of the land by the water is privately owned and trees are everywhere along the road. Quite frustrating:
Sometimes you are lucky to get a quick view of the water:
Portsonachan Village & Other views
Towards the middle of the Loch, possible stops are more frequent especially in villages such as Portsonachan and Ballimeanoch.
Here are some Loch Awe images I took as we drove South.
Further South, Loch Awe Scotland has a few small islands. The area is really green and really peaceful.
Leacainn Muir Forest Drive
Towards the South, there is a spot with parking and a small wooden platforms. IT has views of the South end of Loch Awe. I was lucky to have a stunning light at that moment.
From there the Leacainn Muir Forest Drive was indicated. It connects Loch Awe and Loch Fyne. It was not on my route but it looked nice.
Loch Awe Cairns
Several cairns are located south of Loch Awe. There is the Glebe Cairn, the Nether Largie Cairns, the Temple wood stone circles, the Ri Cruin Cairn and the Dunchraigaig Cairn.
Loch Awe Accomodation
If you are inspired by this loch, there are several options to stay at Loch Awe including:
- The famous Ardanaiseig Hotel with great views
- B&Bs in almost all small villages
- Apartments such as the Kilchurn Suites with fantastic views of the loch and Kilchurn castle
- The Loch Awe holiday park located on River awe and not Loch Awe... In the town of Taynuilt
- And more - Check here for all Loch Awe accommodations on Booking
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