On the northern tip of Loch Awe is the village of Lochawe which translates from Gaelic as ‘ambush’. This passing point has been regularly used throughout Scottish history, and it was even here the Robert the Bruce defeated the supporters of Edward the Second. This was on his way to besieging and capturing the nearby Dunstaffnage Castle.
In Lochawe you can find Lochawe Hotel which has been in existence since 1880 and is still open today. There is a pub called the Tight Line also in the village as well as local shops. Many people stop in Lochawe as it is a convenient rest stop on the Coast to Coast Walk.
The main attraction in Lochawe is undoubtedly Kilchurn Castle. As you walk across the jetty to this majestic ruined castle, you will be transported back in time. While the castle was first built in 1450, there were expansion projects and further buildings added in the 1500s and 1600s. The best way to enjoy the castle is simply to wander around the island and taking in the views of the castle and the water from all angles.
From Lochawe, you can shorten the West Coast 200 route by continuing on the A85 back to Crianlarich. However, we recommend seeing more of the Highlands by taking the road south to Inveraray.