Things to do in Loch Awe

We have prepared for you a list of things to do around Loch Awe area while you are staying with us. For more information about this places and any other attractions you would like to know about, we are glad to help you at the hotel reception, at any time.

Enjoy fishing

The Loch is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland with a surface area of 24 square miles. It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 25,5 miles from end to end with an average width of 0.62 miles, meaning you will enjoy all types of fishing here. Loch Awe has much more to offer than its famous trout fishing, though, with enchanting wee villages and some of the West Highlands’ most impressive architecture, spanning over six centuries, along its banks.

Fishing Loch Awe

Loch Awe is 25 miles long and up to 1 mile wide and has depths of more than 300ft in place s. Set in spectacular scenery the loch attracts many visiting anglers throughout the year for both the wild trout and coarse fishing, and in recent years has become something of a mecca for anglers pursuing the Loch Awe’s famous large predatory ferox trout and pike.This Loch is a famous fishing destination where you can catch Brown Trout, Salmon, Atlantic Char along with tails Monster Pike. In 2002 the largest Brown Trout in the British Isles was caught weighing in at 311b and 12 oz.

Our guests can fish Loch Awe free of charge, anywhere from our shoreline or all over the loch from a boat. We have boats and fishing tackle available during your stay with us.

Brown Trout Fishing

The trout fishing season on Loch Awe runs from March 15th to Mid October. The best fly fishing for wild brown trout is to be had during the first few months of the season before fish move into deeper water and at the back end of the season when the fish move back into shallower water. Traditional drift fishing over shallower water during these times can still produce nice baskets of hard fighting brown trout averaging 3/4lb with fish of 1-2lb not uncommon. Spinning can also be very effective in the right areas.
Trolling for Ferox trout is a very successful and popular fishing method used on Loch Awe. Ferox trout are large predatory Brown trout which spend most of their time in the depths feeding on the Loch Awe’s abundant population of Arctic Char and Roach.

Coarse Fishing

Coarse fish present in Loch Awe include Pike, Perch, Roach and eels, and some very good perch can be caught whilst spinning or bait fishing in the summer. Fishing for these Pike during the summer months using lures, dead baits and fly can offer tremendous sport, though some anglers fish for them throughout the season often picking up very good fish on dead baits during the colder months of the year.
Unlike the other coarse fish, there is no close season for Pike in Loch Awe.

Other fishes

Though most anglers come to Loch Awe for the trout and pike fishing, there is also the potential opportunity to catch other less targeted species such as Arctic Char in the deeper water. There is also a chance of catching a salmon, usually whilst trolling for ferox trout or pike.



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Bartguillean Angus’s Garden

Located a short walk from Barguillean Farm, the garden covers approximately nine acres and has been planted with many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as other flowering shrubs and trees.

Ardchattan Priory Gardens

Facing south, with spectacular views over Loch Etive, one can look east to Ben Cruachan and west to the hills of Mull, the monks chose their site well to build a garden that existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years.

Archnaloich Garden

Interested to see a nice autumn garden? Then visit the scottish baronial house by John Starforth of Glasgow, at just three miles east of Connel. You’ll see a succession of wonderful bulbs, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and primulas. A beautiful Woodland garden with ponds above Loch Etive.

Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

Visitors can follow a network of informal paths which rise from the tumbling waterfalls of the River Kinglas through richly varied areas of garden and woodland to the hillside above where there are spectacular views of Loch Fyne. The gardens spread on over 25 acres of hillside.

Crarae Garden

Near the banks of Loch Fyne, Crarae Garden is a tranquil site, with its dramatic gorge, rippling burn, waterfalls and cliffs. It is a magical spot at any time of year, with the earlier flowers of countless rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias being replaced later in the season by the rich tints of foliage and fruit.

Arduaine Garden

Arduaine Garden is a tranquil green oasis on the south slope of the Arduaine peninsula on the west coast, south of Oban, with something to see every day of the year.

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