Its all beginning to happen.With snowdrops, crocuses and now the early daffodils and primroses. Even all the birds seem to be waking up – we have the most splendid woodpecker who arrives every morning for his breakfast at the bird table along with the siskins and very shy nutcatch.
With the holidays over now is the time to look forward to the next holiday. Inverawe is an amazing place to completely relax. Very peaceful, with walks from your door, lots of wildlife and birds and always a friendly welcome. With fishing on the trout lochs and the Smokery Cafe and shop, there is something for everyone
Out and About
The Inverawe Smokery and Fisheries
Everyone staying at the cottages automatically become an honorary ‘Inverawe’ local for the week which gives you FREE entry into the Smokery Exhibition and a 5% discount on all purchases made at the shop or tearoom (excluding mail order), as well as discounted fishing. The exhibition is great fun for all ages and the children will love watching how the salmon is sliced and packed.
The trout lochs and salmon fishing ensure all fishermen will be happy, and for those who can’t fish, a lesson in fly fishing with Phil or Robert will get you started on a life long hobby – it’s never too late or early to start!
For the more energetic there is tennis (key of the court from Grahams the grocer), or a quick round of golf at Taynuilt’s 9 hole golf course. After all this exertion, why not enjoy tea and cakes at “Robins Nest” – the best tearoom in the area – enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Bonawe Furness (in Taynuilt)
The most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753. Displays bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made. The exhibition charts the history of the iron furnace, and the chemistry of iron making. Cannonballs and iron pigs cast at the furnace are displayed, together with the Admiral Nelson plaque.
This busy harbour town just 18 miles from Inverawe Cottages is the Calmac port for ferries to 24 destinations off Scotlands’s west coast, the nearest being the fascinating Isle of Mull, plus sailings further to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Oban has a full range of shops, restaurants and tourist attractions including:
- Atalantis Leisure – swimming Oban, Dalraich Road, tel- 01631 566 800
- MacaigsTower – best view in town, Duncraggan Road
- Kerrara Island – ferry from Gallanach Road
- The Distillery, Stafford Street
- The Chocolate Factory, Corran Esplanade
- The War & Pease Museum, Corran Esplanade
- Dunollie Castle, Corran Espanade
For restaurants see our links page
Tralee Beach – Benderloch
Miles of clean sandy beach and shallow waters. This is where I used to take the children on those hot sunny days – I now go as Granny! It’s a wonderful day out, and the garage at Benderloch have a great range of buckets and spades.
Cruachan Power Station
Just a mile along the road towards Lochawe is the Cruachan Visitor Centre. Buried almost 1km below the centre is a massive cavern, as high as the Tower of London. It houses enormous turbines converting the power of water into electricity. A coach takes you deep into the heart of the mountain to a different world, so warm that sub-tropical plants grow. It’s like stepping into a James Bond film set. A must on your list!
St Conans Church & Kilchurn Castle – Lochawe
Situated in the middle of Lochawe, St Conans was built in 1886 and was completed in 1927. Not restricted by convention or orthodoxy, the building is a riot of different styles and periods. It is well worth a visit and remember – the outside is as amazing as the inside. Further along the road just after you leave Lochawe, the road bends to the right over the bridge. Just beyond the bridge is a track off the road: this is the unmarked car park to Kilchurn Castle. From here follow the path under the railway bridge, across the marshes to the castle. It is a magical place; you can climb right up to the top, with magnificent views up and down the loch.
The seat of the Dukes of Argyll. The current castle was built in 1745 and is still lived in by the current Duke and Duchess. Discover the heritage and traditions of his forebears and how their influence helped to shape this Royal Burgh of today. Explore the 16 acres of spectacular gardens. Enjoy the local fayre of the tearoom in the cellar.
This is not to be missed. Its history shows the hardship and life of the local people. Discover how wrongdoers were dealt with – it only took a theft of a chicken to be transported to Australia for life. With real live models and a courtroom in session, it is a superb experience for all the family.