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Loch Awe

LocationArgyle and Bute , Scotland
Coordinates561752N 51406W / 56.29778N 5.23500W / 56.29778; -5.23500 Coordinates : 561752N 51406W / 56.29778N 5.23500W / 56.29778; -5.23500
Typefreshwater loch
Primary inflowsRiver Orchy , Kames River
Primary outflowsRiver Awe
Catchment area840 km 2 (320 sq mi)
Basin countriesScotland
General
1Shore length is not a well-defined measure .
IslandsInnis Chonnell , Inishail , Innis Chonan
SettlementsLochawe
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To east of top of Loch Awe is Dalmally, small but historically important town. Its 18-Century church is built octagonal shape. For reminders of days when Campbells of Inveraray held supreme Power in Loch Awe region, there's another ruin Castle at Fincharn, at southern end of Loch, and another on island of Fraoch Eilean. Isle Of Inishail Has Ancient Chapel And Burial Ground. Bulk Of Ben Cruachan, Rising To 1 119m, Dominates Loch Awe At Its Northern End And Attracts Climbers And Hikers. On Ben is world's second-largest hydroelectric power station, which pumps water from Loch Awe to reservoir high up in mountain. Below are Falls of Cruachan and wild Pass of Brander, where Robert Bruce rout Clan MacDougall in 1308. Pass of Brander was scene of many fierce battles in bygone times, and something of that bloody past seems to brood over narrow defile. Through it, waters of Awe flow their way to Loch Etive. This winding sea Loch is 31km long, stretching from Dun Dunstaffnage Bay, at Oban, to Glen Etive, and reaching into Moor of Rannoch at foot of 910m buachaille Etive. Castle of Once Mighty Campbells-ruins of Kilchurn Castle are at northern tip of Loch Awe, west of Dalmally, and across from south-bank village of Loch Awe. Stronghold of Campbells of Glen Orchy in 1440, it's spectacular ruin with much of original structure still intact. Ruins have been completely reinforced and balconied, so can now explore them when weather permit. Kilchurn Castle is open to public. Title To Grounds Is Held By Ian Cleaver, Owner Of Highland Heritage Coach Tours. Castle Is Accessible Via Unpaved And Rocky Road, About Half Mile From Main Road, A85. There is parking area, however. Simpler Alternative Is To Take Steamboat Cruise From Loch Awe. Ardanaiseig Hotel runs cruises to Kilchurn departing from Loch Awe. This vessel runs on chartered basis, costing £100 to £150 per hour; passengers can share cost. Trip Takes About Half-hour Each Way. Note: this information was accurate it was publish, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with companies in question before planning your trip.

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Hydroelectric schemes

This scheme for Hydro-Electric Power generation is located between north end of Loch Lomond, Loch Fyne, Loch Awe and Loch Etive, area with rainfall exceeding 3000mm per year ensuring plentiful supply of water. Sloy Component, Located Between Loch Fyne, Loch Sloy And Loch Lomond, Was First Hydro-Electric Development By North Of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. Board Was Created After World War II By Tom Johnston, Secretary Of State For Scotland In Churchill's Wartime Coalition Cabinet, Who Subsequently Became Board's Chairman. Sloy Scheme Was Work Of Engineer James Williamson, With Harold O. Tarbolton, Reginald Fairlie And James Shearer Providing Architectural Advice. Operational since 1950, stations forming scheme now generate total of 239 megawatts of power and are run by privatised Scottish & Southern Energy PLC, headquarters in Perth. Complete in series of phases, first section around Loch Sloy was built between 1945-50. This was complemented by section around Lochan Shira which was completed in 1959 and Nant scheme on northwestern shore of Loch Awe, commissioned in 1963, together with Awe Barrage and Inverawe Power Station built 1959-65. Cruachan Pump-storage System Was Commissioned In 1965 But This Pass To Scottish Power PLC On Privatisation In 1990 And Is Therefore No Longer Considered Part Of This Scheme. Section Centred Around Loch Sloy Discharges Into Northern End Of Loch Lomond And Headwaters Of Loch Fyne. It includes Alt-na-Lairig dam, first significant pre-stress concrete dam in Western Europe, together with complex system of aqueducts and tunnels. Sloy Power Station is largest conventional Hydro Station in Britain, with head of 277m and installed capacity of 152.

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History

Village Of Lochawe Was Named After One Of Three Biggest Freshwater Lochs In Country, Namely Loch Awe, On Banks Of Which It Was Build. Loch is often referred to as Jewel of Argyll, and countryside that surrounds Loch Awe and village is nothing short of breathtaking. Entire Region That Forms Part Of Loch Awe Runs From Rannoch Moor To North Argyll Glens. It is magnificence of Loch and beauty of landscapes that attract visitors to this quiet part of Scotland. Loch itself covers area of approximately fourteen square miles, and is forty-one kilometers in length, with one kilometer average width. Its water runs towards Atlantic Ocean through River Awe. Two successful hydroelectric projects are run from Loch Awe, and as as tourism go, Loch has much to offer. Over and above its beauty, Loch is known to be home massive trout, as well as salmon that travel through its waters. Fishing enthusiasts will therefore be able to enjoy unforgettable fishing vacation in peaceful and lovely setting. Throughout Loch, located on small scattered islands, are ruins of what were once grand castles, and Kilchurn Castle is most popular and most photographed attraction in area. Visitors will be able to visit Castle via boat or travel over River Orchy Bridge and take half mile leisurely stroll from small parking area to Kilchurn Castle. Other outdoor activities around Loch Awe include cycling, hiking through surrounding hills climbing adventures. History Of Loch And Village Is Also Extremely Intriguing, With It Being Known That Outlaw Clans, Such As MacGregors, McIntyres And McNabs, Used To Roam This Region As Roving Bands And, As Loch Was One Of Major Traveling Routes, Travelers Would Be Forced To Pay Toll Fees To Clansmen For Safe Passage. Loch Awes inhabitants have been able to retain their simple way of relying on farming and crofting as main sources of income. With more coming to Loch Awe to enjoy its tranquility and quaint village, tourism has become additional income for residents. Traveling to Loch Awe is bind to be unforgettable experience, as its natural wonders and tranquility will mesmerize visitors.

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