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AWE, LOCH, the longest freshwater lake in Scotland, situated in
mid-Argyllshire, 116 ft. above the sea, with an area of nearly 16 sq. m.
It has a N.E. to S.W. direction and is fully 23 m. long from Kilchurn
castle33189-h.htm'>castle to Ford, its breadth varying from ⅓ of a mile to 3 m. at
its upper end, where it takes the shape of a crescent, one arm of which
runs towards Glen Orchy, the other to the point where the river Awe
leaves the lake. The two ends of the loch are wholly dissimilar in
character, the scenery of the upper extremity being majestic, while that
of the lower half is pastoral and tame. Of its numerous islands the
best-known is Inishail, containing ruins of a church and convent, which
was suppressed at the Reformation. At the extreme north-eastern end of
the lake, on an islet which, when the water is low, becomes part of the
mainland, stand the imposing ruins of Kilchurn castle33189-h.htm'>castle. Its romantic
surroundings have made this castle33189-h.htm'>castle a favourite subject of the landscape
painter. Dalmally, about 2 m. from the loch, is one of the pleasantest
villages in the Highlands and has a great vogue in midsummer. The river
Awe, issuing from the north-western horn of the loch, affords excellent
trout and salmon fishing.
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