Loch Awe Waterside Holiday Apartments

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Loch Awe Waterside Holiday Apartments

Portsonachan
Loch Awe
Argyll
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These Stylish Waterside Self Catering Apartments sleeping 2 and 4 up to 6 people enjoy a spectacular location on the banks of beautiful Loch Awe Argyll in the Western Highlands.

Situated by the Shore at the only crossing point on Loch Awe. These totally self contained self catering Apartments are just 90 minutes drive from Glasgow, 60 minutes drive from Oban ‘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 the Cottages have fantastic Loch Views. 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 Inverary, the Kintyre peninsula or even Glen Coe and Fort William.

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  • 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments, Sleeps 2 up to 4 and 4 up to 6, Terraced, Lochside Location, Loch Views, Fridge / Ice Box, Washing Dryer, Pets Welcome, Car Parking, TV / DVD, Electric Heating, Permit Free Loch Fishing, Bedding and Towels, Boat Hire, Pub Inn Nearby, WIFI, Dishwasher.

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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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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

A choice of 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments for Self Catering Accommodation

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The 2 Bedroom Coach House apartments have the following facilities

The Kitchen area has with dining table and chairs for 4 people. The fitted kitchens include dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, cooker and microwave. All other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience. The Lounge includes wide screen TV, DVD player and HIFI. The bathroom includes Shower, WC and Wash Basin.

Double en-suite Bedroom 1: Double bed with built in wardrobe and free standing dressing table, en-suite. Bathroom with shower. Twin Bedroom 2: twin beds with built-in wardrobe and dressing table. Further sleeping accommodation for up to 6 people is provided with a sofa bed in the lounge with a 4″ sprung Mattress.

The 1 bedroom Coach House apartments have the following facilities

The Kitchen area has a dining table and chairs up to 4 people. The fitted kitchens include dishwasher, fridge, cooker and microwave. All other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience. The Lounge includes DVD player and HIFI. Further sleeping accommodation for up to 4 people is provided with a sofa bed in the lounge with a 4″ sprung Mattress. The Bathroom has a Shower WC and Wash Basin. The Double Bedroom with double bed, built-in wardrobe and free standing dressing table.

The Stylish 1 bedroom Loch view apartments have the following facilities

Spacious 2 floor waterside apartments enjoying lovely Loch Views. The Kitchen areas have dining facility for up to 4 people and include dishwasher, fridge, cooker and microwave. All other essentials such as Crockery, Glassware, Tableware, Cutlery, Sauce Pans are all included for your convenience. The Lounge includes DVD player and HIFI. Further sleeping accommodation for a 3rd and 4th person is provided with a sofa bed in the lounge with a 4″ sprung Mattress. The downstairs Bathroom has a Shower cubicle WC and Wash Basin. The upstairs en-suite Double Bedroom has built-in wardrobe TV and free standing dressing table, there is a relaxing corner bath, WC, Washbasin.

The Hire includes all “Towels and Bedding” all weekly 7 night bookings receive a full mid-week maid service with change of linen and towels.

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Boat hire on Loch Awe and Permit Free Fishing

Outboard motorboats are available from just £35 per day, please ask for details. Booking with us entitles you to permit free fishing on Loch Awe. Motor / Row Boats and Canoes for hire every day from 8.00am – 6.00pm for safe family expeditions on Loch Awe. Rich in history and wildlife with enchanting islands and ruined castles to explore. Loch Awe is renowned for large stocks of Wild Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Char, Roach, Perch and Monster Pike

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

Fishing tackle is also available from the Lochgilphead and District Angling Club Lochgilphead, Argyll, Tel 01546 606878 e-mail: fynetackle@fsmail.net

The endangered Red Squirrel

Around Argyll you may see some of the endangered Red squirrels they have a typical head to body length of 19 to 23 a tail length of 15 to 20 cm and a mass of 250 to 340. The red squirrel is slightly smaller than the common eastern grey squirrel, unfortunately the grey squirrel is the main reason for the red squirrels decline and you will see particularly in this area of Cowal, the many measures taken to try to preserve this endangered species such as their own rope bridges and tunnels across the busier roads !

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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.

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Pet Friendly – Yes but by prior arrangement only, up to 2 well-behaved pets are welcome a supplement of £15 per pet per booking applies. Pets must be kept under strict control at all times around the gardens and must not be allowed in the bedrooms, or on any furniture.

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