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.

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.
How many other things to do you can find more relaxing than fishing?
Loch Awe currently holds the British record Brown trout of 31lb 12oz which was caught in
2001, whilst this season already there have been several double figure fish recorded with
one coming close to the record at 30lb 10oz. 

Boat and Tackle Hire is all available at our Reception Desk.

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.

Again best times for this type of fishing is early and late season though large double figure
fish 
are caught throughout the season.

It is widely believed that Loch Awe is easily capable of producing more 30lb+ fish.

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.

However, it is the Pike fishing that attracts anglers form all over the world, with 30lb+ fish
caught every season, and 20lb+fish caught on a regular basis.

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 or sea trout, usually whilst trolling for
ferox trout or pike.



Brown trout

Brown trout

Fishing scenery

Fishig Loch Awe

Pike


Wildlife

6 miles from the hotel is a stunning Forest Drive. Taking you from One Valley over the top of the nearby hills, and down in to Loch Awe. The views from the top are breathtaking.

Bird watching in the Scottish Highlands is available. There exists a viewing wildlife hide, stocked with binoculars and note pads, overlooking Loch Sidheannach, and can be found half way round the Forest Drive. The small Loch is packed with comings and goings of all sorts of creatures, anything from Otters, Golden Eagles, Ospreys to Damselflies.

It is not unusual to come across a family of Red Deer whilst out exploring the grounds at Portsonachan Hotel.

Bird watching in Argyll

Argyll is not particularly big, but offers many superb birdwatching opportunities in habitats
ranging from tiny offshore skerries, islands with sweeping sandy bays backed by machair
grassland, fertile lowland glens, fantastically rich ancient woodlands, extensive conifer
plantations, freshwater lochs, great tracts of moorland and peatland as well as dramatic
mountains.

You can find more information on the Argyll Bird Club website and about bird spotting here.

Climbing and Hillwalking

Spectacular all year round climbing and hillwalking in Highlands.

There is a view from the hotel to Ben Cruachan, the highest peak in Argyll at 1126 m – it’s only 20 minutes drive to the start or walk from the hotel.

Within 25 minutes drive there are six Munros and three Corbetts including the 1130 m peak of Ben Lui – traditionally the last mountain to cast its snow and the queen of Scotland’s hills.

Glencoe is 45 minutes away with the Aonach Eagach, the most difficult ridge traverse on the mainland, The Buachaille Etive Mor, the most photographed hill in Scotland, and the White Corries Ski Centre, the first of its kind in the country for skiers and snowboarders.

Tyndrum is 20 minutes drive and a major crossroads of the highlands. Near here is the loch where Robert the Bruce cast his sword before escaping down the length of Glen Dochart. Legend says the sword is still in there.

Rannoch Moor just a few miles north of Tyndrum, offers a wild and empty landscape framed by the high mountains.


Otter


Red deer

Argyll Gardens

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. Click here for more information.

 

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. Click here for more information.

 

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. Click here for more information.

 

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.
Click here for more information.

 

Crarae Garden

Near the banks of Loch Fyne, Crarae Garden is a tranquil site, with its dramatic gorge,
rippling burn, waterfalls and cliffs. The informal hillside layout of mature woody plants
radiating out from the burn creates a wonderful natural effect. 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. Click here for more
information.

 

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. Click here for more
information.





Oban

Oban, known as the Gateway to isles is situated only 30 miles from Portsonachan Hotel. From here you can really explore the enchanting islands off the west coast. Regular ferries to the isle’s of Mull, Islay and Jura can all be taken across the Firth of Lorn where Minky Whales, Seals and Sea Eagles can all be spotted.

From Oban you can also get buses to all main cities in the area like the town of Fort William, the closest to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in United Kingdom.

The Oban Visitor Information Centre, operated by VisitScotland  (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board), is the national tourism agency for Scotland, is located in the Columba Buildings on the North Pier.


McCaig tower in Oban


View from McCaig tower

Inverary

The historical fishing town of Inverary is located only 15 minutes drive from Portsonachan Hotel. With several tourist attractions including Inverary Castle, Inverary Jail and Fyne Ales brewery, there is plenty to see and do.


Duke of Argyll's castle in Inveraray

Inveraray Castle