Local Facilities

The following facilities are available within the cabin site or adjacent village of Dalavich:

Wild Rowan Cafe, by Loch Awe, Dalavich

 

Wild Rowan Cafe

 

  • Logs & BBQ’s can be purchased from our House Keeper and high chairs, travel cots and towels are available for hire.

  • Boat launch facilty on site for exclusive use of cabin guests.

  • Boat hire available from Tam at  Loch Aweside Marine in the village (no 4). Email: lochawesidemarine@gmail.com .

  • Free fishing from 3 designated areas of shore within site and anywhere on Loch Awe from a boat.

  • Bike hire available from Loch Aweside Bike Hire at “The Bike shed” by Community centre.

  • Loch View Bar & Grill by south entrance to site. Great food and friendly community run bar. Opening times vary (generally weekends only) according to time of year. We cannot guarantee opening hours  so please contact us to confirm before booking.

  • Wild Rowan shop / cafe / part time Post Office. Provides good food & supplies basic provisions, in a very friendly atmosphere. Also sells fishing permits, fishing tackle, outdoor & BBQ equipment.

  • Dalavich Social Club organise many functions within the wonderful Community Centre building.

    Loch View Bar & Grill

    Loch View Bar & Grill

Things To Do in and Around Loch Aweside Forest Cabins

The area surrounding Loch Awe Forest Cabins is a beautiful and unspoiled environment, which offers a wide range of activities and things to do, such as:

Walking, hiking & wildlife watchingWalking & CyclingCycling and mountain biking tracks

The area is fantastic for walkers with access to some breaktaking scenery and wildlife habitat. The Forestry Comission manage and promote numerous sign posted routes in the area and for the more adventurous there are limitless footpaths & forestry tracks which are open to the public (unless logging operations in progress). The area is a paradise for dog walkers and dogs are welcome in our cabins.

As for walkers there are numerous sign posted routes and endless paths & tracks for cyclists in the area. Bike hire is available at “The Bike Shed” in Dalavich.

Red Squirrel, wildlife watchingWildlife Watching

The area has, we believe, an unrivalled abundance of wildlife. The area has a very healthy population of Red Squirrels, which are frequnetly seen around the site. All cabins have feeders on verandas, so don’t forget the peanuts. Pine Marten are also common in the area and can often be enticed onto verandas of forest cabins at night by an offering of bread and jam or honey. Golden Eagle and White tailed Sea Eagles nest nearby and can occasionally be seen flying high over head. In 2014 three pairs of Ospreys nested within 3 miles of the site and were easily viewed on the nest near Mackenzies Grove car park. We also have Otters, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Sika Deer, Fox, Beaver (Knapdale), Scottish Wild Cat, Wild Boar (several unconfirmed sightings), many woodland birds and waterfowl and even the infamous Kilchrennan black cat in the area.

Trout fishing by Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe

 

Boating & Fishing

Loch Awe is an amazing location for boating, with numerous bays, Cranogs, rivers and islands to explore. Whether you launch your own motor boat or canoe from our launch facility or hire a boat from Loch Awe Marine in the village there will be lots to see and do. Why not take a BBQ or picnic across to Innisconnel Castle island.

The area offers some of the best wild fishing in Scotland. Loch Awe holds the current (and previous two) record for the largest brown trout caught in the British Isles, is renowned for its monster pike and has growing numbers of Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout & Charr. Loch Avich, the rivers Orchy and Awe and a multitude of mountain lochans also provide excellent fishing, permits for which can also be purchased locally.

Loch awe, log cabins

Castles, Crannogs and Ruins

There are 4 castles as well as many ruins & Crannogs (off shore man made stone islands for settlements) to explore around Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle, ancestral seat of the Campbell Clan, is the most iconic and arguably the most stunning castle in Scotland. In addition to this you have Fraoch Eilean, Innisconnel, and Fincharn castles to find and explore. Innisconnel is a beautiful, mOban golf courseystic ruin on a small island (accessible by boat), across the loch from Dalavich. A must do trip!

 

 

Golf

There are 3 lovely golf courses within a 45 minute drive; Glencruitin Golf Club (pictured left) @ Oban, Taynuilt G.C. and Dalmally G.C., all offering great value golf in amazing settings.

And Further Afield…

Our log cabins are ideally located to explore the highlands and islands of the west coast of Scotland. There are many attractions within a short drive from Dalavich. To follow is a list of local attractions that we would recommend visiting. For contact details please go to our “useful links” page:

Seafari-boat

Seafari boat trips

  • Oban – Nearest large town, approx 23 miles away. Often referred to as the gateway to the Isles, from where ferries sail to Mull, Iona, Staffa & Colonsay.
  • Seafari & Sealife Adventures both do excellent sight seeing, wildlife and whale watching trips from Seal Island, near Oban.
  • Cruachan hollow mountain power station. 40 minutes from Dalavich, a great tour around the workings of the hydro power station within the mountain. Good trip for a rainy day.
  • Oban Sea Life Centre and Seal Sanctuary. Approx 45 mins from Dalavich. A great day out for all the family.
  • Loch Awe Smokery, near Taynuilt. Fun trip and good food.
  • Kilmartin House Museum. Find out more about the areas history & archaeology. Award winning restaurant.
  • Inverary Castle and Jail.
  • Glencoe, Fort William & Ben Nevis are also close enough for a day trip.
  • Horse Riding at Achnalarig Farm And Stables, Glencruitten, Nr Oban.
  • Other local attractions include Bonawe Iron Works, West Highland Railway (from Fort William), Crinan Canal & Oban Distillery. Keep an eye out for locally advertise Ceilidhs and Highland Games in the summer months.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the many things to do in the area. There is additional tourist information within all our log cabins.

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