Things to see and do near Taynuilt
Bonawe Ironworks – Taynuilt
The most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britian, Bonawe was founded in 1753 by a Cumbrian ironmaster attracted by the extensive woodland in this part of Argyll, which guaranteed an almost endless supply of charcoal. Importing iron ore from Cumbria, the furnace produced 700 tons of pig iron every year and employed up to 600 people. The entire manufacturing process can be traced at Bonawe, where displays bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made.
For more information: Bonawe Ironworks
Inverawe Smokery & Country Park – Inverawe
Has something for everyone, be it fishing, finding out how salmon is smoked, exploring many trails and tracks, feeding fish, children’s play area, browsing the shop or enjoying delicious food in the cafe. Inverawe Smokery supplies a Christmas hamper to the Queen every year!
For more information: Inverawe Smokery & Country Park
Angus’ Gardens – Glen Lonan
Garden covers approx 9 acres and has been planted with many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas and other flowering shrubs and trees. An informal path network with 3 colour-coded walks for varying abilities.
For more information: Angus’ Gardens, Glen Lonan
Ben Cruachan, 1126m, is one of the finest Munros in the southern Highlands. Why not walk up this beautiful mountain you can see from Ceo Mara Croft b&b. Steep and rocky paths take you to fantastic views, particularly down over Loch Etive, and out to the west to the sea and islands beyond.
For more information: Ben Cruachan
.Glen Nant National Nature Reserve
Glen Nant is a renowned Scottish woodland with a fascinating history, having played an important part in the history of iron making in Argyll. The trails will take you through oak, hazel and birch woodlands. You might be lucky enough to see squirrels or deer or evidence of Scottish wood ants! Bird watchers look out for jays, treecreepers, warblers and woodpeckers.
For more information: Glen Nant National Nature Reserve
A peaceful woodland ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding. Look out across the mountain-ringed Glen Etive or towards Ben Cruachan, the regions highest peak. Fearnoch has abundant wildlife, you may glimpse a red deer or red squirrel along the trail.
For more information: Fearnoch Forestry
Loch Visions Photography
Spend some time getting close to some of our best and most iconic wildlife – otters, beavers, birds of prey, red deer and more. Phillip Price (founder of Loch Visions) has 10 years experience in teaching wildlife photography. When running workshops he does not take photographs so all his attention and experience is focused on you having a fantastic wildlife encounter and learning lots of great wildlife photography techniques. Various workshops available from 2 hr camera walks to weekend wildlife tours.
For more information: www.lochvisions.co.uk