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“Incredibly atmospheric and unique site”

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Ranked #2 of 6 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.
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We visited this site on a very cold and wet day. The cost if very low and so well worth paying. The member of staff was incredibly helpful and came out of the office to show us where to go and what to do and where else we could visit. If you are interested in such sites it is well worth a trip.

Thank RJT456
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

the price was silly it was non working and bassically you can look at it on google earth for next to nothing staff are rude and the road is a dirt track dissapointing and not worth it.

3  Thank Gareth o
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The most complete charcoal fired blast furnace in the UK - Bonawe is a must see (hands on) example - with restored furnace, storage buildings, and explanation of the water powered air pump.
The ore was brought by boat from Cumbria.

Local history suggests that Nelsons cannon balls were sourced from Bonawe.

Our interest was engendered by the family tree (Lamont) identifying family from the 19th century as probable charcoal suppliers to the foundry, and even their address in nearby crofts (some still standing).

Thank Trevor M
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

50 years ago when starting out in work I laboured in a blast furnace, so experienced first hand how had, hot and dirty the work was. The sow and pig casting bit is missing, and could be created in 'concrete' to avoid metal being stolen. Well worth a visit as part of our older heritage - well done Historic Scotland

Thank dfraser314x
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I visited the Iron Furnace in the evening when it was technically closed but visitors are permitted to walk round the site. The notices explaining the iron smelting process and why it was located here is well explained. I would be keen to call again when the facility is open.

Thank bazB
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