ON-SITE (Within gated area)
- Fully self-catered studio, one bed, two bed and three bed apartments
- Boat and Tackle Hire
- Fishing Accessories
- The Cruachan Bar & Restaurant
- Weddings and Special events
- Coarse Fishing
- Bird watching
- Loch Awe Castle
- Climbing and Hillwalking
- Argyll Gardens
- Oban (town) - 30 miles from Portsonachan Hotel
- Inverary (town) - only 15 minutes drive from Portsonachan Hotel
Fishing Loch Awe
Loch Awe is 25 miles long and up to 1 mile wide and has depths of more than 300ft in place
s. Set in spectacular scenery the loch attracts many visiting anglers throughout the year for
both the wild trout and coarse fishing, and in recent years has become something of a
mecca for anglers pursuing the Loch Awe’s famous large predatory ferox trout and pike.This Loch is a famous fishing destination where you can catch Brown Trout, Salmon, Atlantic Char along with tails oMonster Pike. In 2002 the largest Brown Trout in the British Isles was caught weighing in at 311b and 12 oz.
Our guests can fish Loch Awe free of charge, anywhere from our shoreline or all over the loch from a boat. We have boats and fishing tackle available for hire during your stay with us.
Brown Trout Fishing
The trout fishing season on Loch Awe runs from March 15th to Mid October. The best fly
fishing for wild brown trout is to be had during the first few months of the season before
fish move into deeper water and at the back end of the season when the fish move back
into shallower water. Traditional drift fishing over shallower water during these times can still produce nice
baskets of hard fighting brown trout averaging 3/4lb with fish of 1-2lb not uncommon.
Spinning can also be very effective in the right areas.
Trolling for Ferox trout is a very successful and popular fishing method used on Loch Awe. Ferox trout are large predatory Brown trout which spend most of their time in the depths feeding on the Loch Awe’s abundant population of Arctic Char and Roach.
Coarse fish present in Loch Awe include Pike, Perch, Roach and eels, and some very good
perch can be caught whilst spinning or bait fishing in the summer. Fishing for these Pike during the summer months using lures, dead baits and fly can offer
tremendous sport, though some anglers fish for them throughout the season often picking
up very good fish on dead baits during the colder months of the year.
Unlike the other coarse fish, there is no close season for Pike in Loch Awe.
Though most anglers come to Loch Awe for the trout and pike fishing, there is also the potential opportunity to catch other less targeted species such as Arctic Char in the deeper water. There is also a chance of catching a salmon, usually whilst trolling for ferox trout or pike.
6 miles from the hotel is a stunning Forest Drive. Taking you from One Valley over the top of the nearby hills, and down in to Loch Awe. The views from the top are breathtaking.
It is not unusual to come across a family of Red Deer whilst out exploring the grounds at Portsonachan Hotel.
Bird watching in Argyll
Argyll is not particularly big, but offers many superb birdwatching opportunities in habitats ranging from tiny offshore skerries, islands with sweeping sandy bays backed by machair grassland, fertile lowland glens, fantastically rich ancient woodlands, extensive conifer plantations, freshwater lochs, great tracts of moorland and peatland as well as dramatic mountains.More information
Bird watching in the Scottish Highlands is available. There exists a viewing wildlife hide, stocked with binoculars and note pads, overlooking Loch Sidheannach, and can be found half way round the Forest Drive. The small Loch is packed with comings and goings of all sorts of creatures, anything from Otters, Golden Eagles, Ospreys to Damselflies.
Located a short walk from Barguillean Farm, the garden covers approximately nine acres and has been planted with many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as other flowering shrubs and trees.
Facing south, with spectacular views over Loch Etive, one can look east to Ben Cruachan and west to the hills of Mull, the monks chose their site well to build a garden that existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years.
Interested to see a nice autumn garden? Then visit the scottish baronial house by John Starforth of Glasgow, at just three miles east of Connel. You’ll see a succession of wonderful bulbs, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and primulas. A beautiful Woodland garden with ponds above Loch Etive.
Visitors can follow a network of informal paths which rise from the tumbling waterfalls of the River Kinglas through richly varied areas of garden and woodland to the hillside above where there are spectacular views of Loch Fyne. The gardens spread on over 25 acres of hillside.
Near the banks of Loch Fyne, Crarae Garden is a tranquil site, with its dramatic gorge, rippling burn, waterfalls and cliffs. It is a magical spot at any time of year, with the earlier flowers of countless rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias being replaced later in the season by the rich tints of foliage and fruit.
Take a trip to the Isle of Mull and ferries run frequently from Loch Awe. It is advised to pre book these in the summer months. From Oban you can also get buses to all main cities in the area like the town of Fort William, the closest to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in United Kingdom.
The Oban Visitor Information Centre, operated by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board), is the national tourism agency for Scotland, is located in the Columba Buildings on the North Pier.