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Loch Awe


Old Military Road down to A819 (45 minutes)
From the Monument you follow the resurfaced track downhill. You are walking the remains of the old main road from Inveraray (1750) which came uphill as it arrived near Kilchurn Castle to avoid the loch (several feet higher in those days) and marshy ground and went on through Dalmally to either the Bridge of Awe and the furnace or towards Stirling. (The present A819 link to A85 was not constructed until the 1930s)

It is a pleasant down-hill walk (you may need boots). There are fascinating glimpses of life along the high road from the 18th century & 19th century, eg the site of the old chapel of St Chiarain and, opposite, a huge christening stone used by priests 'outed' in the religious strife.

You pass Ardteatle Cottage and then arrive at the A819 about a mile west of Kilchurn Castle. Walking back along the 2 main roads is unpleasant and even dangerous, so, unless you retrace your steps, it's best to arrange for one of your party to pick you up by car at this point.

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