Loch Awe is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, making it the longest 'lake' in the UK! In our opinion Loch Awe is a contender as one of the most spectacular lochs to paddle, due to its rugged remoteness and stunning surrounding landscape, its just...er... Awesome!
The shores are fringed with forests and the northern horizon is dominated by mountains. Wildlife in the area is legendary and if you are lucky you may spot deer, otters, golden eagles, or ospreys from the water. Oooh and then there are the castles! The sights from the water on this challenge are hard to beat, and it’s not until you are out in the middle of this vast loch that you will truly appreciate its scale and beauty.
If the weather is good this is a mammoth paddle, throw in wind and rain and it becomes a real test of mental and physical strength, as this is a loop in windy conditions (likely) you will suffer from headwinds but be rewarded with some awesome down winding.
Total Distance - Approx 75KM
Day 1 - Paddle North from Basecamp to Kilchurn Castle Ruins and back 46KM.
Day 2 - Paddle South from Basecamp to Torran Bay and back 29KM.
High Wind Plan*
Transport provided from Basecamp to either end of the loch for an Awsome 40KM Downwinder!
* In high winds we are currenlty only able to provide transport for you and your I-SUP (not hard boards).
We lust love Kilchurn castle, it's our turnaround point at the North end of loch Awe, got to be the coolest background to any SUP checkpoint on earth!
Innes Chonnel Castle is a ruined 13th-century castle on Innis Chonnel, an island near BaseCamp. It was once a stronghold of Clan Campbell