Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace in Argyll

Calling all history lovers! Do you want to learn more about Argyll and Scotland’s industrial history? If so, the Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace is the place for you! This fascinating charcoal-powered ironworks is the most complete and non-ruined in Britain. It was originally opened in 1753 and closed in 1870. Although, it is still fairly intact to this day. Inside the facility, visitors can see how this iron was made, and they will show you the style of iron that was used for cannonballs that were used in the Napoleonic Wars!

Where can I find the Bonawe Iron Furnace?

If driving, follow through the village of Taynuilt. Continuing on the B845, take a right turn onto a signed road, which will take you to the facility's car park.

When it was in its heyday, the furnace relied heavily on the local area, with the likes of Glen Nant National Nature Reserve being used for material. This gives us a unique location today, nestled beside Loch Etive, with magnificent views of Glencoe. This makes it a brilliant stop-off point for a picnic with a twist, where you can soak up the amazing view of the Scottish Highlands and also catch a surviving piece of its rich history! The facility is open from the 1st of April to the 30th of September each year, and advance booking is highly recommended. So what are you waiting for? Come down and visit, and learn all about Argyll’s industrial past!

  • Public toilets
  • Parking
  • Water bottle refill
  • Entry Charge but free for English Heritage members

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