THINGS TO DO
The area is steeped in history and heritage that’s second to none. Home to Kilchurn Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, the area also boasts the 140 year old unique St Conan’s Kirk, which hosts regular cultural events and was voted by the public as one of Scotland’s top 10 buildings in 2016. Not to be missed is the lush Glen Nant National Nature
Reserve and the nearby Bonawe Iron Furnace visitor attraction near Taynuilt.
For adventure seekers, Loch Awe is a cyclist’s paradise - on or off road - and the place to be for those who want to take to the water with their paddleboard or kayak. Head for the hills to explore Ben Cruachan or the numerous forest trails or reconnect by taking a dip into wild swimming.
The area also hosts the 87-mile long Oban Sportive which circuits the loch and passes under the shadow of Ben Cruachan, the "Hollow Mountain". Elsewhere, amateur and experienced cyclists alike can explore Scotland’s classic scenic cycling route the Caledonia Way, which runs up the west shore side connecting Campbeltown to Inverness.
If it’s relaxation and unwinding that’s top of your list, then the stunning views at the Falls of Avich waterfall are the perfect therapy, or enjoy a spot of fishing where the biggest ever brown trout in the UK was hooked - the third time a British record has been set at the loch.
Nature lovers - have your camera ready to capture the local wildlife or take a trip to Kintail Birds of Prey Centre, where you’ll meet the tiny Little Owl and the magnificent Golden Eagle. Further up the road you can get up close to Scotland's iconic Highland Cattle for a tour.
No trip is complete without sampling some local delicacies, and there’s plenty choice at the many local cafés and inns, serving the most delicious locally sourced food and drink with magnificent views over the loch.
Meet the enterprising locals at Dalavich or try the quirky ‘Cakes in the Call Box’ where a local baker has placed an honesty box in return for freshly baked cakes, jams, and preserves. Similarly, at Black Rock Curries just north of Dalavich you can buy authentic takeaway curries to heat up later.
Loch Awe is the perfect escapism to enjoy with family and friends or for the solo traveller, and so much more than just a day trip. Whether you’re responsibly setting up camp, escaping to a self-catering retreat, staying at one of the area’s boutique hotels or cosy inns, there is something to suit everyone.