Show search form

Loch Awe Challenge Route

This is our most difficult challenge route, one which will really test your endurance to the limits. That said, it is a real gem if you are the sort of person who enjoys escaping on an adventure.

Expand The Challenge

The Challenge

Challenge Distance Time Type
Paddle the length of Loch Awe 25 miles 4-9 hours (approx) Difficult

Why Loch Awe?

Loch Awe is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, located in the Argyll and Bute region of West Scotland. Its shoreline stretches to within a few miles of the sea. In our opinion, Loch Awe is a contender as one of the most spectacular lochs to paddle, due to its rugged remoteness and stunning surrounding landscape.

The shores are fringed with conifer forests and the northern horizon is dominated by the Ben Cruachan mountain range. Wildlife in the area is legendary and if you are lucky you may spot deer, otters, golden eagles or ospreys from the water. Have we mentioned there are also castles you can paddle up to and explore? The sights from the water on this challenge are hard to beat, and it’s not until you are out in the middle of this vast loch that you will truly appreciate its scale and beauty.

With careful, sensible planning and ensuring you follow safety guidance this is truly an awesome challenge to take on and an amazing area to visit. Good luck and make sure you read all of the safety guidance within the Information pack below before embarking on your adventure!

Please note: Loch Awe is a large and exposed lake. The weather is prone to change quickly and without warning. It is important you read the full safety guidance in the information pack before taking on this challenge route.

Useful Downloads

2016 08 20 Photo 00000235
Expand Register Your Challenge!

Register Your Challenge!

Once you have ventured out and completed the Loch Awe Challenge Route we’d love to hear from you about your experience. You can do this by registering your challenge with us, in return we will recognise your efforts by sending you a certificate and displaying your time on our national leader board (if you choose this option at registration).

Click here to register your Loch Awe challenge details

2016 08 20 Photo 00000240
Expand Leaderboard

Leaderboard

Below is a full list of all those who have completed the challenge and registered their results with us. The list is in time order, with the fastest completion time at the top of the leaderboard.

Name of People/Person/Club Date of Paddle Time Achieved Notes

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

18th August 2016 3hrs 38mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge in 24hrs

Gary Partridge and Oscar Partridge

16th August 2017 3hrs 48mins Part of the complete Three Lakes Challenge

Bill Sharpe

16th August 2017 4hrs 19mins Part of the complete Three Lakes Challenge

Paul Postill and Cassie Byers

16th August 2017 4hrs 20mins Part of the complete Three Lakes Challenge

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015 4hrs 41mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Patrick Kinsella, Richard Snow and Neil Gilmour

9th July 2017 4hrs 51 mins Completed as part of the full 3 Lakes Challenge in 24 hours

Milton Keynes Canoe Club

30th April 2016 5hrs 15mins Part of the 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Glyn Watkins, David Watkins, Reg Simpson, Russ Rawlinson, Chris Sandiford

3rd September 2016 5hrs 15mins

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015 5hrs 24mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Team HC

1st May 2016 5hrs 32ins Part of the 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Steve and Julie Watt

1st November 2015 5hrs 40mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Graham Wells

23rd May 2015 5hrs 43mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

The Dowson Family

23rd May 2015 6hrs 30mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015 7hrs 24mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Chris and Christine Eves

11th May 2017 7hrs 25mins Completed as part of the full 3 Lakes Challenge in an inflatable kayak

William and Caden Horsley

27th-28th August 2016 7hrs 53mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge. Camped on an island overnight.

Andrew Tween, Scott Rogers and Tim Hale

14th October 2016 8hrs 45mins

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

25th May 2015 9hrs Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Slea Paddlers (group of 12)

28th May 2017 9hrs 30mins

Roger Chandler

2nd October 2016 9hrs 40mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge on a stand up paddleboard

Shropshire Paddlesport

19th August 2015 10hrs Part of 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenge

Sian Sykes

15th May 2016 10hrs First person to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge on a SUP

Chris Moore, Ilona Ulme and Kaysee the dog.

1st Aug 2017 10hrs 50mins Completed as part of the Three Lakes Challenge

Brian and Harrison Wardell

29th May 2016 12hrs 5mins Completed over 2 days as part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Leam Boat Centre - Children and Adults

25th September 2016 12hrs 16mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge. Camped on an island overnight.

Peter Roscoe

16th May 2015 tbc Did a full circuit of the lake (85kms) over 3 days