Loch Awe Travel Guide

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  • Loch Awe
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  • Loch Awe
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Loch Awe Things to Do

  • Kilchurn Castle

    Kilchurn Castle is located on a rocky island within Loch Awe, but is usually accessible via a causeway. The setting is spectacular: A grey ruin surrounded by the beautiful loch and the rough mountains... What a scenery!!!Kilchurn Castle was built in the 15th century and was once in possession of the Campbells. During the 16th century it was...

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  • St Conan's Kirk

    St Conan's Kirk is a real gem - although you cannot see that from the exterior. The exterior is quite plain, but when you enter, you can hardly believe that the interior is so spacious and so beautiful. It really looks much smaller from the outside!The kirk is quite young, being constructed from 1907 to 1930 by Walter Campbell who lived in a...

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  • Bruce Chapel

    The Bruce Chapel is located next to the chancel and the entrance to the crypt. There is a wooden effigy of Robert the Bruce with his face and hands made of alabaster. There is also a relic which is said to be a bone of Bruce himself, brought here from Dunfermline Abbey where he is buried. It is kept in a small estuary. The reason why the chapel was...

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  • War Memorial

    Near the church. next to the main road, is a nice war memorial, honouring the fallen of the two world wars.

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  • St Conan's Kirk Sundial

    In the church grounds, overlooking the loch, is a decorative sundial. It was not much use when we were there though!

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  • St Conan's Kirk Gargoyle

    The church as an unusual waterspout in the form of a rabbit. I have not seen this on a church before.

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  • St Conan's Kirk Cloisters

    The church is unusual for its age in having monastic type cloisters. Whether these were ever used in a monastic sense by some brotherhood I do not know.

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  • St Conan's Kirk

    A certain Walter Campbell built a large house on Innis Chonain, and island at the north end of Loch Awe. And to save his mother the weekly trek to Dalmally, he built St Conan's Kirk, a marvellous but eccentric blending of church styles from across the ages. It was only begun in 1907 and not completed until many years later.It is certainly a bit of...

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  • Kilchurn Castle

    The castle sits on a peninsular near the village of Lochawe. Although connected to a track, it is no longer accesable on foot due to Scotrail locking the level crossing gates. (thanks very much!) To get acces to the castle you now have to take a short ferry crossing from the pier in the village (summer only)It is possible to get good photos from a...

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Loch Awe Warnings and Dangers

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    by ettiewyn Written Jul 10, 2012

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    Usually Kilchurn Castle can be accessed via a causeway leading to the island it is situated on, but sometimes the causeway is flooded. This might especially occur in winter, but also after heavy rainfalls. When we visited there was no chance at all of getting to the castle, the causeway was so flood we would have needed to swim there!

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Loch Awe Favorites

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    by ettiewyn Updated Jul 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Loch Awe is located within wonderful landscape, about forty kilometers from the Trossachs. The hills had a golden colour when we visited (maybe they look different in summer), and at the shores there was a high weed that also looked somewhat golden. It was very atmospheric and I enjoyed the scenery a lot - I took more pictures of the surroundings than of the castle itself!
    From the carpark, there is a short walk leading to the causeway, providing great views of the hills and the shore.

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