Lochavich is a tranquil, secluded glen close to the west coast of Scotland, undiscovered by most holidaymakers who visit this beautiful part of Argyll, with its mixture of mountains and lochs, rocky islands and sheltered bays.
Kilmun is located on the quiet, single track road that winds through the glen, linking Kilmelford (6 miles) on the A816 to Dalavich (5 miles) on the north shore of Loch Awe. Both these villages have a shop/post office and café. A full range of shops, including supermarkets and petrol stations, can be found in Oban (21 miles) and all pubs and hotels in the area serve food, if you fancy eating out.
For the nature lover, wildlife abounds - deer, red squirrel and pine martin are all frequent visitors. You can sit on the patio at Kilmun listening to the songbirds in the trees while buzzards and golden eagles soar high overhead. Cuckoos return each spring and in summer, swallows nest nearby and ospreys hunt on the loch. We have siskins and goldcrests, herons and black-throated divers, ….. and you may even be lucky enough to spot a black grouse, an otter or a wildcat!
There’s walking and cycling for all ages and abilities. Choose from the many way-marked tracks and trails that weave around Loch Avich and Loch Awe through the surrounding Caledonian Forest Reserve, including one to the spectacular Falls of Avich. Alternatively, you can stroll by the picturesque Crinan Canal, explore the old slate quarries on the island of Easdale or for the more energetic, climb the twin peaks of Ben Cruchan (3689ft).
Fishing is available on both Loch Avich and Loch Awe (permits, boat hire and fly-fishing tuition available locally) and there are golf courses at Oban, Taynuilt and Dalmally.
If you're interested in photography there's beautiful scenery to inspire you, or why not try the award winning Loch Visions Wildlife Photography Experience? Anyone can enjoy this fantastic day out experiencing the fun and excitement of Scottish wildlife photography - and you don't even need to own a camera as all equipment is provided.
From the popular tourist town of Oban, (known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’), you can catch a ferry for a day-trip to one of the Hebridean islands – Mull, Iona, Staffa, Lismore, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree and Barra. Include a wildlife safari on land or go seal and whale spotting by boat! Other attractions in Oban include McCaig’s Tower, the War & Peace Museum and at the distillery, you can take a tour and try a dram of the fine Oban malt whisky.
Other places of interest to enjoy during your stay at Kilmun include:
- Kilmartin Glen with its ancient burial cairns and standing stones
- Dunadd, the Iron Age hill fort considered to be the original ‘capital’ of Scotland
- Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke & Duchess of Argyll, and Inveraray Jail
- Gardens at Arduaine, Ardmaddy, Kinlochlaich and Ardchatten Priory
- Castles at Carnasserie, Dunstaffnage and Kilchurn
- St. Conan’s Kirk and Keills Chapel
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