Inverawe Country Park
Inverawe Country Park and fishery is a 10 to 15 minute walk across fields and the exciting river awe suspension pedestrian bridge (you can also drive but it takes a similar amount of time). The park has a cafe, shop and museum explaining the process of making smoked salmon.
There is a children’s play area with swings, slides and forts. Inverawe provides fly fishing lessons for anyone wanting to learn or a very beautiful location to fish if you already know what you are doing. There are plenty of walks around the woods and lochans often with surprise slides and swings appearing for children just when needed. Inverawe is also an ideal starting point for mountain bike rides up the side of Loch Etive.
Best Things to Do at Inverawe
Whether you’re a fly fishing enthusiast, a complete beginner or you simply want to discover the delights of a traditional Scottish smokery while enjoying the beautiful natural environment, a trip to Inverawe Country Park and Fishery offers a wonderful day out for all ages.
Located at the foot of Ben Cruachan, the highest summit in the Southern Highlands, Inverawe is a nature lover’s delight, set in tranquil woodlands with spectacular views across the River Awe and into Glen Lonan. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all where you can relax, re-energise and even discover a new, life-long hobby!
Here’s a look at what Inverawe has to offer.
Inverawe is a natural wildlife sanctuary filled with flora and fauna where you can spend a tranquil day out wandering through the various walking trails through the woodland, down to the river or on to Loch Etive.
The walking trails are free of charge and also offer various picnic spots for you to enjoy. Red and roe deer as well as red squirrels and over 100 different species of birds can be found at Inverawe, making it a nature lover’s paradise.
From woodland trails to riverside walks, Inverawe offers excellent, easily accessible pathways. Throughout the trails kids will find slides, rope swings, planks, a fort to play in and even a treasure hunt. At the height of summer there’s also a natural bracken maze to enjoy. The park is dog friendly.
The walk down to Loch Etive provides some stunning views where you can also enjoy a paddle in the pristine waters and maybe spot the odd seal if you’re lucky.
One of the finest lochs in Scotland, Loch Etive is overlooked by the magnificence of Ben Cruachan. It’s where the salt water of the sea meets the fresh, clear mountain waters and is home to the finest quality trout and various varieties of sea birds.
The smokery has remained true to its roots and still smokes fish using old style brick smokehouses and oak log fires.
Learn about the history and ancient process of smoking fish and enjoy a guided tour conducted by owner, Robert. The exhibition and observation areas are perfect for experiencing this ancient and traditional Scottish craft.
The shop offers a wonderful selection of smoked and local products, and the cafe serves a range of delicious dishes including their famous smoked salmon.
There are four trout lochs and two salmon beats on the River Awe for all abilities.
Hugo’s Loch is well stocked for beginners and the Angling School is the perfect introduction to fly-fishing for children and adults. Up in the woods, Lily Loch has various depths and is perfect for the more experienced fishermen. The lochs also have good disabled access.
The River Awe offers two salmon beats for an enjoyable and challenging day’s fishing. Just don’t forget your chest waders!
Inverawe offers an unforgettable, rewarding and uniquely Scottish experience for all ages to enjoy.