Argyll and the Isles Travel Guide

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Bonawe Iron Furnace

  • Off B845 Map It
  • Bonawe
  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Seemingly out of place in this near-wilderness setting, Bonawe is a fascinating relic from the dawn of Britain's Industrial Revolution. In the mid-18th century, Argyll's virgin forests attracted ironmasters from England, where such valuable fuel sources were harder to find. Business boomed when wars with France boosted demand for pig iron and cannonballs, and in its heyday Bonawe employed up to 600 unskilled local wood gatherers and skilled southern foundrymen.

Sight Information


Off B845, Bonawe, Argyll and Bute, PA35 1JQ, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • £5
  • Closed Oct.–Mar.

Published 05/04/2017


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