Loch Awe Tourist Attractions
Loch Awe Tourist Attractions – Lake Awe is the third largest and also the longest freshwater lake in Scotland which is famous for its trout fishing. It holds the current record for the largest Brown Trout caught in the British Isles. The lake owns several islands in it which some of them have remains of ancient castles. This includes Kilchum Castle, which is Scotland’s most photographed castle. The Castle, is arguably Scotland’s most iconic and impressive ancient building and ancestral home of clan Campbell. Loch awe is a nearby village which named for it. Amongst the three lakes challenge for the relay swimmers, the district lake of Argyll is the first one while the rests are in England and Wales.
Thousands of tourists visit Loch Awe each year as they travel along the Northeast shore by train or car and, from Oban and Fort William on the western coast yet the further reaches the loch , surrounding forests, and hills which are relatively unexplored and remain peaceful and pristine. The breathtaking and enormously varied scenery surrounding the Loch is including the mountains of Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan, the scenic Inverliever Forest, amazing glens, waterfalls, and rivers, as well as the high moorlands towards Inveraray and numerous Islands and inlets on the Loch itself.
This magical and ever changing scenery is steeped in myth and history. There are six stunning castle ruins on the Loch, including Innisconnel and Fraoch Eilean castles, which both are located on small islands and accessible and explorable by locally hired boat. The adventure doesn’t end there, as the Loch is also filled with crannogs, standing stones, steadings, and burial grounds as well as the stunning Kilmartin museum is near the southwest end of the Loch. St. Conan’s Kirk which is not far away from Kilchurn Castle, is an rather unique and iconic church well worth visiting. The same thing can also be said of the Cruachan Power Station, which is constructed inside a mountain that will be a amazing experience for young and old.
The dramatic and impressive ruins of Kilchurn castle are located on the northwest end of Loch Awe. It was built in the mid-1400’s by Sir Colin Campbell, the first Lord of Glenorchy and is managed by Historic Scotland now. The scene from the top of the castle over Loch Awe is stunning. Accessing this castle is not as straightforward as with a lot of other castles since it’s not signposted from the A85, the main road, which runs towards north of Loch Awe. Access is decent but be careful as the entrance to wee car park and the track is difficult to find.
Loch Awe Fishing
Loch Awe is a renowned fishing destination with fishermen coming from far and wide in search of monster pike and Ferox Brown Trout that live its deep waters. In 2002, the largest Brown Trout caught in the British Isles at 31lb & 12 oz was landed at Loch Awe, the two previous British records were coming from the Loch as well. It is only a matter of time before a 40lb fish is taken which is widely believed. There are a lot of tails of monster pike in the Loch, and numbers of Atlantic Char, Salmon, and Sea Trout are growing steadily. The reputation of Loch was further increased by being a host for the World Fly Fishing Championships in 2009 and many anglers, novices, experts alike, come back to its bountiful waters year after year. The wider area also boasts great chances for the hills around Loch-aweanglers, with the rivers Avich, Loch Avich, Awe, and Orchy as well as countless hill Lochans serving excellent, great value sport.
Loch Awe Wildlife
The wildlife in Loch Awe is among the richest in UK and is a must visit spot for photographers, bird watchers, and naturalists. There are Osprey, Golden Eagles, as well ass White tailed Sea Eagles nesting around the Loch, as well as healthful populations of Pine Marten and Red Squirrel in the surrounding forests.
For the more active tourist, looking for the great outdoors Loch Awe and the Lorn area presents endless chances for Canoeists, walkers, and cyclists and there is a lot to do and see within a short drive.