Loch Awe

Loch Awe is one of the largest lochs in Scotland at 26 miles long and is one of the most popular lochs for angling in Argyll. It is up to 1 mile wide in places and drops to a depth of some 300ft. The loch, which is 16 miles from Oban, is easily accessible from public roads that run around its perimeter.

There is a public slipway situated between Cruachan power station and Lochawe village on the A85, although it is in a very poor condition and, as such, is suitable for launching small boats only. Boats can be hired from a few places around the loch, the most popular being Loch Awe Boats at Ardbrecknish which also has an area suitable for launching your own boat. There is a petrol station at Crunachy/Inverawe (near the barrage), which also has a camp site and there are pubs at Lochawe, Kilchrenan, Portsonachan and Ford.

The loch is famous for its huge ferox trout.

These are large predatory brown trout that have switched from feeding on invertebrates to feeding mainly on other fish which not only boosts their growth but increases their longevity.

The current British record (and the last 4) are from Loch Awe, the latest being caught by Brian Rutland on the 15th March 2002 weighing in at an incredible 31lb 12oz!

Most of the brown trout average 6oz/8oz in weight. Rainbow trout 'escapees' are also caught in numbers, especially near the fish farm at the Pass of Brander. Sea trout enter the loch but soon disperse into the vast water system. Salmon average 5-10lb but fish over 20lb are occasionally taken. There are a large number of perch in the loch, many of them over 1lb in weight.

There is a good population of arctic char which, like other populations in Scottish lochs, have benefited from excess food from fish farms. Fish up to 6lb have been taken. Pike of over 35lb have been caught and there are loads of big doubles to be had. Popular marks for pike fishing include Kilchurn Castle, Ford and Dalavich. Perch are commonplace in summer and fish over 1lb are not uncommon. A few eels are also taken but they are mostly of the 'bootlace' variety.

The loch has a Protection Order in force and fishing is by permit only. There are separate tickets for trout, salmon, pike and coarse fish. Permits are available from various outlets around the Loch and from tackle shops in Oban.

Sadly, there is a fair amount of litter at certain places around the loch. Please take your litter home with you after your outing - it makes it a far more pleasant place for everyone to enjoy.