Winter at Loch Awe

As we all know, Scotland is beautiful all year round, but Loch Awe Holiday Park is particularly wonderful for a winter stay. As well as the unspoiled surrounding scenery and castle country to explore, nearby Oban knows how to do a winter celebration too!

Oban Winter Festival

Oban Winter Festival

Oban Winter Festival is a 10-day event taking place 17th – 26th November – just 12 miles away from Loch Awe Holiday Park. There’ll be markets, parades, ceilidhs, live music, art exhibitions and more at venues throughout Oban along with St. Andrews Day celebrations. Highlights include the Reindeer Parade, Haggis Festival, Whisky Festival, Clootie Dumpling and Shortbread competitions, whisky and gin tasting, tartan dash, haggis hurling, grand ceilidh plus a firework and light show. Phew! Keep an eye on their website for details of what’s happening when. The Oban Christmas markets take place on the following dates:

  • Corran Halls – 18th & 25th Nov
  • Distillery Food Market – 18 & 25 Nov
  • Distillery Craft Market – 18 & 25 Nov
  • Kayak Centre – 18 & 25 Nov
  • Perle Hotel – 18 & 25 Nov

Skiing & Snowy Scenes

Glencoe Chairlift

Glencoe Mountain Resort is Scotland’s first-ever ski resort and is just under an hour away. Home to the steepest Black run in Britain (the Flypaper), daredevils and adrenaline junkies can get their fix while there are plenty of gentler runs for beginners too. If strapping into a pair of skis or a board isn’t your thing, take the chairlift up to the Eagle’s Rest viewpoint for breath-taking views. From here you can take the chair lift straight back down, walk down or hike onward to the summit of Creag Dhubb for beautiful views down Glen Etive. A ride on the chairlift costs £17 for adults and £12 for children (under 5 go free). Family tickets are £50. Check weather warnings in advance.

Wintry walks and wildlife

Red Deer

In addition to the calming effects of the sea and the rejuvenating power of nature, physical activity also plays a

Being the longest loch in Scotland, Loch Awe is unsurprisingly home to a wealth of diverse wildlife. From deer and red squirrels to woodpeckers and the iconic Highland Coo – you’ll be sure to see all sorts of beautiful animals here within the great Scottish landscape. You’re a stone’s throw from many a mountain and munro here, most famously the mighty Ben Cruachan.

As an alternative to lochs and mountains, Glen Nant National Forest and Angus’s Garden are both within a few minutes of Loch Awe Holiday Park and perfect for a winter’s adventure.  Make sure you wrap up warm and go prepared.

Discover ancient Scotland

Kilchurn Castle

Loch Awe is surrounded by a wealth of fascinating Scottish history. There are many ancient castles and churches nearby, from ruins to the well-preserved. They look all the more picturesque in winter, and each have their own interesting stories to tell. Visit the ancient ruins of Kilchurn Castle, Dunollie, Castle Stalker or St. Conan’s Kirk and learn all about 15th-century Scotland and the Campbells. For an experience that brings the past to life, drive down to Inverary and enjoy a tour of the castle and the jail.

Relax and Unwind

After a long day of adventure and exploration, our accommodation is the perfect space to get cosy. Pour a warming wee dram, get under a blanket and admire the views from the comfort of your caravan or sit back and enjoy the bubbles in one of our hot tub lodges.