Oatbank Cottage

After two weeks of Great Brittan in 2014 (London, Nottingham and 4 days of Scotland) this summer Scotland will be the focus of out summer holiday. We will spend at least 7 days in Scotland. This article summarizes the results of planning and will serve as single point of information (SPOI) for all recoures needed during the trip and the stay.

Accomodation: Oakbank Cottage, Kilchrenan, Loch Awe, Argyll.

Journey from Glasgow: 2h 9min (according to Google Maps)


Train trips

Train Tickets in England dont have a fixed price. Train Companies adjust them according to demand and also have special sales. There is nothing like the “Bahncard”. Tickets are most expensive, if booked very long in advance or short therm. In our case, about 10 weeks before the actual trip seems to be optimal. That way we saved about 40 Pound per Person.

Car rental

Süddeutsche: Wagen lieber zuhause buchen


Loch Awe in winter

Loch Awe in winter

Loch Awe (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Obha

Max. length 41 km
Max. width 1 km
Surface area 38.5 km²
Average depth 32 m
Max. depth 93.6 m
Water volume 1.2 km3 (0.29 cu mi)
Shore length1 129 km
Surface elevation 36.2 m
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows River Orchy, Kames River
Primary outflows River Awe

Loch Awe  is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland with a surface area of 14.9 sq miles. It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 25 miles from end to end with an average width of 0.62 miles. The loch runs approximately south-west to north-east, roughly parallel to the two sea lochs of Loch Etive and Loch Fyne. Via the River Awe and Loch Etive it drains westward from its northern end and thus into the Atlantic Ocean. At the narrowest section of the loch are North Port (Taychreggan Hotel) and South Port (Portsonachan Hotel). Once used by cattle drovers, a ferry ran between these shores to facilitate crossing to markets beyond.

The Transatlantic Cable, which runs through the village of Kilchrenan, was laid across at this point in 1955.

(Source: Wikipedia)



Activities and attractions:

  • Walking; local, further afield
  • Biking; local, further afield
  • Shopping
  • Eating out
  • Historical sights
  • Ben Cruachan – the Hollow Mountain, pumped storage hydroelectric scheme
  • Inverawe smokehouse and fisheries
  • Loch Awe fishing
  • Historic sights
  • Ferries to the islands
  • Kilchrenan village, hotels, pub, school and church, village hall
  • Taynuilt village
  • Dalavich and Avich
  • Inveraray
  • Loch Visions




There are many walks to be enjoyed from Oakbank.

There is good mountain biking and road biking direct from the house or mountain biking nearby in the woods and forests. The famous Aonach Mor downhill run is approximately 1 and half hours drive away near Fort William.


Local Cycle Hire

One day wildlife and digital photography days out on the banks of Loch Awe

Boat Hire on Loch Awe & Loch Avich

Cruachan The Hollow Mountain Visitor Centre

Taynuilt Fishing Club Boat Hire

Inverawe Visitor Centre: Nature trails, tearoom & gourmet shop

Fly Fishing Centre & Angling School

Oban and Lorn area information

Taynuilt: The nearest shop is Grahams in Taynuilt 7 miles away. It is usually open a little later than normal and also on Sundays. Also in Taynuilt are a butchers shop and a post office.
There is a café in Taynuilt called Robin’s Nest that serves coffees, light lunches and delicious afternoon teas-not to be missed!

Skiing, in season, can be enjoyed at the Glen Coe Ski resort approximately 1 hour away or Aonach Mor.

The west coast islands can be discovered by day trips from Oban, Easdale and other locations along the coast.

Oban is 40 minutes drive away and has interesting shops, restaurants and supermarkets. There is the well known Oban Distillery which has daily tours. McCaig’s folly dominates the town and spectacular views can be enjoyed after a short walk.


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