"Loch Awe - its beauty is in its name" Kilmartin Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

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Loch Awe is the third largest fresh water loch and it is also Scotland's longest Loch. The Scottish Gaelic name is Loch Obha and it was on its bonnie banks that the powerful Clan Campbell family lived, worked and ruled. The drive through the Pass of Brander travels the length of the long northern arm of the Loch. It is from the road you get the best views of this Loch and the lofty peaks of Beinn a' Bhuiridh it is such pity you can't stop to obtain a good view on this most scenic of drives. Loch Awe is often shrouded in early morning mist and also in legend. The Calllieach Bheur (the old hag of the ridges) was the guardian of a fountain that welled up from the top of Ben Cruachan. It was her duty to cover the spring with a stone slab at sunset then lift it off at sunrise. One evening she fell asleep and the waters gushed down the pass of Brander heading for the sea. By the time Cailieach awoke the waters had flooded the strath and all the people and cattle were drowned. She was banished and turned to stone to sit forever high up on the mountain pass. I'm so glad she fell asleep her mistake created a great beauty in Loch Awe.

Address: Loch Awe Dalmally Argyll
Directions: On the A85 between Crianlarich and Oban

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2008
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