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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

The most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753.

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

Please note: There is currently conservation work being carried out on the Ore Shed at the site. As a result the area is closed to visitors, however all other areas of the site remain open. Apologies for the inconvenience. Admission prices have been reduced while the works take place.

The most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753.

Displays bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made.

Set in stunning surroundings at the head of Loch Etive. Loch Etive sweeps up to Glen Coe where golden eagles are regular visitors. Nearby, the Glen Nant National Nature Reserve, is an example of the woodland that once supplied Bonawe.


  • The location – nestling beside Loch Etive, and within sight of dramatic Glencoe.
  • The charcoal sheds – two cathedral-like buildings, whose architectural details belie their Cumbrian builders’ origins.
  • 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.
  • The furnace itself – still remarkably complete, but now missing its cold blast and hot pig iron!
Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Central and West
Postcode: PA35 1JQ

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Closed during winter season

Admission prices

Adult £3.60, Concession £2.70

Events at Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

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28 July 2014

The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Katy Dove Exhibition

Duff House

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Arthur's Amble

Holyrood Park

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Standing Stones of Stenness Guided Walk

Stones Of Stenness Circle And Henge

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Music Through the Ages

Edinburgh Castle

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