Loch Awe Self Catering Lodges – Fishing Sauna’s and BBQ’s

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Log Cabins and Lodges by Loch Awe Argyll PA33 1BG

For Owner Direct Rates Tel 01729 851181 Texts 07885 211787 (7 Days)

A choice of Self Catering Lodges and Log Cabins with Sauna’s, Boats and BBQ’s and Free Fishing in a beautiful location on the banks of Loch Awe in the Western Highlands.

Situated at the only crossing point on Loch Awe, these 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Self Catering Lodges are just 90 minutes drive from Glasgow, 60 minutes drive from Oban ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ and within walking distance of the Shore side Portsonachan Hotel providing good food and drink.

Nestling on the banks of Loch Awe these Self Catering Lodges some with Loch Views have their own verandas and built in BBQ’s, with external table seating. This location provides and fantastic touring base for the Argyll and the Western Highlands, in the day time you can take a day trip to Oban, the Isle of Mull, historic Inveraray, the Kintyre peninsula or even Glen Coe and Fort William…At night you can simply sit and look out over the peaceful water and watch the most stunning sunsets.

 

    • 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Lodges, Sleeps 2, 4 and 6, Detached Lochside and Semi Detached Hillside, Lochside Location, Loch Views Views, Fridge / Ice Box, Washing Dryer, Pets Welcome, Car Parking, TV / DVD, Electric Heating, Free WiFi in all Lodges, Permit Free Loch Fishing, Boat Hire, Pub Inn Nearby, Dishwasher, some with Sauna, BBQ’s.

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Loch Awe

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Magnificent Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater in Scotland with a surface area of nearly 15 square miles. It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 25.47 mile from end to end with an average width of 0.62 miles. Loch Awe is renowned for its trout fishing attracting anglers from all over the world.

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Salmon also pass through the loch, coming past the barrage in the River Awe and continuing into the River Orchy. Loch Awe also contains several ruined castles on islands, and at the northern end has one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, which in summer may be visited by a short boat trip or by a half mile walk from a small car park just after the bridge over the River Orchy. It was from Loch Awe and surrounding area that Clan Campbell established itself as a powerful family. There also a small Island within Loch Awe called Innis Chonnell

Along with being extremely productive to anglers, Loch Awe is the site of two hydroelectric projects. One is a conventional turbine power station, with water extracted from the River Awe at a barrage, fed through underground pipes, and generating electricity as it flows into Loch Etive. The second is a more unusual pumped storage project, using a man-made loch in the hills above the loch; water is pumped up during times of surplus power, and used to power generators at times of peak demand. The second project, known as Cruachan from the name of the hill above, has a visitor centre, which includes tours into the heart of the mountain.

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Permit Free Fishing on Loch Awe and Fishing Tackle Hire

Loch Awe is plentiful in char, salmon, pike and trout, both brown and rainbow. Loch Awe Lodges give you the perfect opportunity to embrace the breathtaking Scottish country. Loch Awe held the record for the largest brown trout caught in Britain in the year 2000 with a weight just shy of 32lbs. There is no need to pay for an expensive fishing permit whilst you stay in our Lodges we allow our guests to fish for free on our land. Portsonachan has fishing rights for all species over the whole of Loch Awe. The game season for salmon and trout is from mid March to mid October. The perfect time for a group holiday or group vacation, fishing in Scotland. However coarse fishing for perch, roach and pike can be enjoyed all year round.

Loch Awe is the largest freshwater loch in Britain and the British record wild brown trout (31lbs 12ozs) caught on the opening day of the 2002 season by Brian Rutland of Keswick. Brian intends to be back on Loch Awe again and will no doubt be hoping to beat his own record. Among previous record holders was one of (30lbs 9ozs) caught here on July 13th 2000 by Ken Oliver, another of (25lbs 53/4oz) caught here in 1996, with one at 21lb 15oz taken during the 1999 season. There is also excellent coarse fishing (perch, roach and eels) with pike of more than 30lbs having been landed at Loch Awe.

Fishing tackle hire supplies / advice and boat hire is available locally through Donald Wilson, Tel 01866 833256 / Tel 07703 112422 donald@lochaweboats.com

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Fantastic Day Trips from Loch Awe

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Inveraray it’s castle, the old Jail, the Puffer and museum

Well worth a visit during your stay and less than 30 minutes drive is the lovely town of Inveraray (Inbhir Aora in Gaelic) a former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, located on the western shore of Loch Fyne near its head. One time traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new home, Inveraray Castle. Its distinctive white buildings on the loch shore make it very photogenic and it is a very popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions in addition to the castle. The Georgian Inveraray Jail in the burgh is now a museum. Other attractions include the Argyll Folk Museum at Auchindrain. The Celtic Inveraray Cross can also been seen in the town. The Arctic Penguin ship Maritime Museum is moored at the pier, along with the Clyde puffer VIC 72, renamed Eilean Eisdeal.

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Panorama of Inverary (left) the high street, the harbour, the castle and estate (right)”

Seil, Luing and Easdale Island

Approx 90 minutes drive away lies the delightful inner hebridean chain of 3 small Islands. Accessed via the unique and only bridge over the “Atlantic” Seil Island leads to the historic Easdale slating Island via foot ferry to the West from Ellanbeich. To the south lies the delightful island of Luing accessed via car ferry. Easdale made famous by it’s many picture postcard appearances has a population of around 150 people and the centre of population including a village shop and Pub is based around the beautiful harbour inlet. Luings major areas of population lie around Tobernochry and Cullipool and is accessed by a short car ferry crossing from the south of Seil Island.

 

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The bridge over the Atlantic (left) leads to Seil, Luing (centre) and Easdale (right)

Oban “The Gateway to the Isles”

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The central location of Loch Awe Lodges provide a fantastic touring base for Cowal and Bute, the Kintyre peninsula, Mull, the islands and the Western Highlands, everywhere is well placed and easily reached in a matter of hours. Less than 60 minutes drive away lies the busy fishing town of Oban “The Gateway to the Isles” with supermarkets, high street stores, Shops, restaurants and Pubs.

Oban is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour. Oban has a large Gaelic speaking population. All road and street signs are translated into the Scottish language. Attractions in Oban include the Waterfront Centre, the Cathedral of St Columba, the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig’s Tower, which dominates the town’s skyline.

Oban is an excellent base to explore the sights of Kilmartin Glen and you take the ferry from here to visit the Isle of Mull, Tobermory (The fictional Balamory) and the sacred Isle of Iona.

 

The Isle of Mull

Just 40 minutes from Oban on the ferry, eagles and otters go about their daily lives. The Isle of Mull has an abundance of wildlife from basking sharks and dolphins to Golden eagles and Corncrakes. Take a day trip and discover about it’s history, the hidden geology and structure, the contemporary island culture. Since the first pilgrims arrived in small boats, Scotland has welcomed visitors into the life of it’s islands. Mull is a real place with real lives going on round about you, both on land and sea. To the North of the Island lies the lovely fishing capital Tobermory the fictional “Balamorybuilt as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high wooded hills surrounding the bay. The village has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation as well as being the administrative centre for the island. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan during the summer months. To the North West Lie the great landscapes and towering hills and Munros such as Ben More.

While on the Isle of Mull, a visit to the sacred Isle of Iona reached by a 5 minute ferry crossing from Fionphort on the North West tip of Mull is highly recommended. If you really want to test you see legs you can also take a boat trip from here to the Isle of Staffa and Finglas cave!

The Isle of Iona

While visiting Mull the sacred Isle of Iona lies to the West of Mull and is accessed by a short 10 minute ferry crossing from Fionnphort. Iona is a tiny island, of typically Hebridean beauty, it holds a unique place in the story of Scotland and kindles the imagination of thousands who journey there each year. Yet it is also where people have lived, worked and worshipped over many centuries. To and from its shores have come monks and pilgrims, clan chiefs and kings, artists and craftsmen, farmers and fishermen. Of the earliest, we catch only fleeting glimpses now.

With luck you can also see Otters, Seals, Porpoises, Gannets, Peregrines, Artic Terns, Cormorants, Buzzards. Deer tend to keep to the high ground during the summer. The islands provide total peace and tranquility. The landscape and history together with the hospitality of its people provide a wonderful escape from the pressures of modern life. There are towering hills and Munros such as Ben More, tranquil valleys, colourful wild flowers and beaches and bays packed with wildlife. Whether you see Mull on foot, bike, bus or car.

The Isle of Mull is renowned for it’s landscape, wildlife, beaches and hills – but there’s a lot more to Mull than this.

Staffa and Fingal’s cave

It is spectacular and most definitely one of the 10 wonders of the world. Made famous by Mendelssohn’s Classic Hebrides overture “Fingals Cave” this amazing lost world is reached in a 45 minute sea journey from Fionnphort (Mull) Fingal’s Cave is always splendid and atmospheric with basaltic columns formed 59 million years ago. Puffins can be seen ashore in season and often guillemots, fulmars, great skuas, eider ducks, gannets, kittewakes, black-backed gulls, great northern divers and razorbills on the water. If you are lucky it is possible to see occasionally a passing whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter. The boat trips last up to 3 hours and you can disembark at Fionnphort or Iona. Tel: 01681 700358 Website: www.staffatrips.co.uk

The Kintyre Peninsula

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To the South lies the wonderful Kintyre peninsula about forty miles long containing everything which makes Scotland such an attractive holiday destination. Here you will find more hills, lochs, rivers, forests, seascapes, sandy beaches, history and archaeology and the sea food which have made Scotland so famous. Palm trees and many other tropical varieties benefit from the effect of the Gulf Stream and the low annual rainfall.

The south of the Peninsula boasts the world famous “Mull of Kintyre” (pictured above) and the busy capital town of Campbeltown, from here you can walk out to Davaar Island at low tide to see it’s caves and paintings. To the north west lies Tayinloan where you can take the ferry to the magical Isle of Gigha “Gods Island in Gaelic” and to the North East the harbour village of Carradale affords spectacular views of the Isle of Arran, along with picture postcard memories to savour.

To the far North of the Kintyre peninsula lies colorful Tarbert by Loch fyne, with its delightful harbour, Pubs, Restaurants, Shops. Kintyre is almost unique, the very cradle of Celtic Scotland, and According to Norse sagas, King Magnus Barelegs, while trying to re-establish control over parts of western Scotland reached an agreement with King Malcolm of Scotland that Magnus could have all the islands off the west coast of Scotland round which he could sail his boat.

Determined to have the Kintyre Peninsula as well, King Magnus had his warriors drag a Viking longboat across the narrow lands at the northern end of the peninsula a feat repeated by King Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century.

Evenings out and local area information

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The nearest pub / Inn is the Lochside Portsonachan Hotel within walking distance or your accommodation situated on the banks of the beautiful Loch Awe with fantastic views. Portsonachan Hotel is steeped in history, a coaching Inn for several hundred years. The Inn was situated at the only crossing point on Loch Awe. Up until the 1940’s, when the ferry was retired, it crossed the river by a rope. The hotel has a bar, which is well stocked and available to residents and non residents. The staff are friendly and will keep you entertained for hours with their local legends and myths. The ‘Captain’s Bar’ has over 30 Highland whiskies and drinks to suit all tastes. You can also have an aperitif whilst choosing your meal from the bar menu. A great place to settle down in after a days fishing on Loch Awe or biking on the forest drive.

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The nearest local village with Shops amenities is Dalmally (9 miles) with as community health centre, a Pharmacy and Post Office and well stocked spar shop Glenview Stores there is also the Dalmally Hotel.

The nearest Golf Course is Dalmally Golf Club, at Ardbrecknish (2 miles) founded in 1987, is without a doubt one of Scotland’s little golfing treasures. A beautiful 9 hole course, it is bounded by the lazily. There is also Inver Inveraray Golf Club (15 miles) set by the Shores of Loch Fyne. Facilities include, Trolley Hire, Club Hire and Clubhouse Tel: 01499 600286.

Fishing tackle supplies / advice and boat hire is available locally through Donald Wilson, Tel 01866 833256 / Tel 07703 112422 donald@lochaweboats.com

Further afield there is also the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar / restaurant (pictured above) with 30 minutes drive of your accommodation

Loch Awe Self Catering Lodge – Accommodation

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Shoreside fully equipped self catering 3 Bedroom Log Cabins

Close to the water with Loch Awe views sleeping 6 up to 8 people. These single storey Log Cabins enjoy all modern fixtures including Dishwashers, Washing Machines, Bath and Shower rooms and Sauna. Patio Doors to outdoor decked area with furniture and BBQ’S. All Log Cabins have fully fitted kitchens with dining areas for up to 8 persons. The fitted kitchens include a Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Fridge, Cooker and Microwave, other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience

2 Bathrooms There are 2 bathrooms, one with shower and in addition there is a Sauna room. The outside decking area with BBQ Oven Saunas & BBQ’s Along with Sauna’s the Log Cabins have exclusive built BBQ Ovens on the Patio Decked area. 1 Complimentary Rowing Boat is available with weekly bookings and discounted Pub meals available with all Lodge bookings

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Shoreside fully equipped self catering 3 Bedroom Log Cabins

The Lounge areas include a wide screen TV, DVD player and Sofa with 2 Arm chairs with Patio doors leading to outdoor decking, with garden furniture and a built in BBQ oven. Bedroom 1: Has a double bed with a built in wardrobe and free standing dressing table.

Bedroom 2: Has a choice of Double of Twin Bedroom arrangement with a free standing wardrobe and dressing table.

Bedroom 3: Has a double full size bunk bed, or we can reduce this to one 3’6″ single, please advise us of your requirements. In addition a further sofa bed in the lounge can sleep 2 persons (4″ sprung mattress) This accommodation is all on one level, so possibly suitable for guests with mobility difficulties

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One bedroom Hillside lodge accommodation sleeping 2 up to 4

1 bedroom self catering Lodges with lounge-dining areas, this space includes a sofa bed with sprung mattress (5 foot) Wide Screen TV, DVD player and HIFI. The double bedroom has en-suite facilities. The fitted kitchens include Dishwasher, Fridge, Cooker and Microwave, other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience. There is also a second bathroom / shower. Both these Lodges are in an elevated position overlooking Loch Awe with views for several miles down the Loch.

Two bedroom Hillside lodge accommodation sleeping 4 up to 6

Up to Two x 2 bedroom self catering Lodges suitable for sleeping up to 6 People. Both Lodges have first floor lounges and kitchen diner with dining table. There is a balcony in an an elevated position overlooking Loch Awe with views for approx 15 miles. Both Lodges have fully Kitchen kitchens with dining area for 6 people. The kitchens include Dishwasher, Fridge, Cooker and Microwave, other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience.

The Master bedroom has a Double bed with built in wardrobe, free standing dressing table with Sauna and a power shower. There is also second bathroom / shower. Bedroom 2: has a Double bed with built in wardrobe. There is also a double bed settee in the sitting room for a further 2 persons.

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