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“Fantastic piece of history”

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
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Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Taynuilt
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Owner description: Founded in 1753 by Cumbrian iron masters attracted by the industrial potential of Argyll’s woodlands, Bonawe Iron Furnace is situated in a spectacular setting at the head of Loch Etive which extends up towards the dramatic Glen Coe. At its height the furnace produced up to 700 tons of pig iron from Cumbrian ore annually which was cast into everything from cannonballs during the Napoleonic War to iron pigs for export and even the first monument erected to Admiral Nelson after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The exhibition charts the history of the iron furnace, and the chemistry of iron making. Cannonballs and iron pigs cast at the furnace are displayed, together with the Nelson plaque.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic piece of history”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

The Bonawe Iron Furnace site is well preserved and laid out. Free to Historic Scotland members. Staff are really friendly and full of useful information. The buildings are all well preserved and there is a lot of information supplied on boards and in the guide book should you purchase one. An interesting and important piece of Scottish history. Car park is available and the site is reached through a convoluted series of single track roads.

Visited August 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“This a wonderful site for industrial archaeology”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Excellent place to visit and understand a little about the impact of industry in Scotland's countryside. Brilliant landscapes and well-maintained site of iron-works which utilised the trees from Glen Nant. Good information panels and very welcoming staff. Worth the effort on a visit to Argyll.

Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A great survivor from Scotland's industrial past”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

A well-preserved little site, the most complete charcoal-fired ironworks in the country and now operated by Historic Scotland. Remarkably well preserved, and evocative. Well worth a short visit, although the exhibition areas are a little dated now. Very friendly, helpful staff on site during opening hours.
A walk along the mill lade to the River Awe is quite nice, but ends in a dead-end, so perhaps not for everyone.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonderful piece of history, close by a scenic wee Scots Village!”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Interesting place, well set up with Information Boards, a small Visitors Centre, complete with some souvenirs and the necessary 'facilities'. Helpful caretaker. A little 'bonus' for members of 'Jhistoric Scotland'.

The nearby Village Teashop does a wonderfully fresh sandwich, and great cuppa' too.

Visited July 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“So well restored”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Many years ago we visited the site and it was sad to see the outline of what was there when the Furnace was in operation.

NOW when you visit it is so well restored and gives you a superb view of what was there. The Charcoal Stores are so large and the blast furnace gives you an insight into what must have been really hard, hot work.

A visit well worth making. The bellows were operated via a Water Wheel, the water coming from the River Awe via a man made stream a mile away - YES, we did do the walk - a bit rough - yes, but all part of the experience.

Visited June 2013
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