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Awe, Loch

A loch and reservoir in Argyll and Bute to the southeast of Oban, Loch Awe stretches for 23 miles (37 km) from northeast to southwest and is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland. It receives the Orchy and Strae rivers in the northeast as well as numerous short streams which flow in from all sides. The loch drains through the Pass of Brander, via a northwestern arm and the River Awe, into Loch Etive, operating a hydro-electric power station en route, while its waters also serve the pumped-storage power station at Cruachan to the north. In addition to numerous ancient crannogs there are the remains of Inishail Chapel and the two former Campbell strongholds of Kilchurn and Finharn. Close to the shores of Loch Awe are a number small settlements including Lochawe, Port Sonachan, Ford, Dalavich, Inverinan and Taychreggan.


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