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Kilchurn Cas­tle, Loch Awe, Ar­gyll & Bute If au­tumn has a way of ripen­ing nat­u­ral beauty to its sweet­est pitch, a cas­tle does the same for hu­man his­tory. At Loch Awe in the south­ern High­lands you have a scene of per­fect au­tum­nal poignancy – that bit­ter­sweet mix­ture of the world’s po­ten­tial for beauty and its in­escapable mor­tal­ity. Built at the eastern tip of the aptly-named 25-mile-long Loch Awe, Kilchurn Cas­tle was con­tin­u­ally in­hab­ited by the Camp­bells of Glenorchy be­tween 1450 and 1760, when a cat­a­strophic light­ning bolt smashed its tower and sent a tur­ret hurtling into the court­yard (where it re­mains im­paled to this day). The cas­tle is over­looked by ‘hol­low moun­tain’ Ben Cru­achan, whose golden pet­ti­coats rise up and to the left in this pic­ture. A three-mile walk up Cru­achan from nearby Lochawe vil­lage re­veals a reser­voir which dis­gorges into a power sta­tion con­tained en­tirely within the moun­tain, in a man-made cav­ern big enough to house the Tower of Lon­don.

WALK HERE: Climb Stob Daimh be­hind Kilchurn Cas­tle, on the Dal­mally Horse­hoe walk, free from www.lfto.com/bonus­routes

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