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Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland with a surface area of 38.5 square kilometres (14.9 square miles). It is also the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 35 kilometres from end to end with an average width of 1 kilometre.

Dusk over Loch Awe, West of ScotlandLoch Awe is renowned for its trout fishing. However salmon pass through the loch, coming past the barrage in the River Awe and continuing into the River Orchy.

Loch Awe contains several ruined castles on islands, and at the northern end has one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle a must see tourist attraction. It was from Loch Awe and surrounding area that Clan Campbell established itself as a powerful family.

Portsonachan Hotel, Scottish holidays and vacationsThe two ends of the loch are wholly dissimilar in character, the scenery of the upper extremity being majestic, while that of the lower half is pastoral and tame.

Dalmally, about 2 miles from Loch Awe, is one of the most pleasant villages in the Highlands.

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Kilchurn Castle is a ruined 15th century structure on the northeastern end of Loch Awe.

Kilchurn Castle, tourist attraction, West of ScotlandIt was the ancestral home of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who later became the Earls of Breadalbane also known as the Breadalbane family branch, of the Clan Campbell. Today, its picturesque setting and romantic state of decay make it one of the most photographed structures in Scotland.

Kilchurn Castle was built in about 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, as a five storey tower house with a courtyard defended by an outer wall. By about 1500 an additional range and a hall had been added to the south side of the castle. Further buildings went up during the 1500s and 1600s. Kilchurn was on a small island in Loch Awe scarcely larger than the castle itself, although it is now connected to the mainland as the water level was altered in 1817. The castle would have been accessed via an underwater or low lying causeway.

Things to see in the West of Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, ArgyllAt the turn of the 16th century Kilchurn Castle was extended by Sir Duncan Campbell with the addition of a single storey dining hall built along the inside of the south curtain. During the second half of the century, another Sir Colin Campbell, the 6th Laird, continued to improve the castle's accommodation by adding some chambers to the north of the tower house, and remodelling the parapet. This included the introduction of the circular corner turrets adorned by corbels, most of which have survived remarkably well.

Night falls on Loch AweTowards the end of the 16th century the Clan MacGregor of Glenstrae were occupying the castle. Once owning the lands of Glenorchy during the 14th century, until they passed through marriage to the Campbells, the MacGregors were appointed keepers to Kilchurn Castle as the Campbells spent much of their time at Fincharn. This arrangement lasted until the very early part of the 17th century, when a violent feud between the two families brought it to an end and the Campbells retook possession.

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll, West of ScotlandIn 1681 Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy was made first Earl of Breadalbane. To take advantage of the turbulence of the times, he converted Kilchurn into a modern barracks, capable of housing 200 troops.

In 1760 the castle was badly damaged by lightning and was completely abandoned; the remains of a turret of a tower, still resting upside-down in the centre of the courtyard, attest to the violence of the storm.

When you visit Portsonachan Hotel for your well deserved holiday you wont be able to miss seeing Kilchurn Castle.


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