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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

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.


Highlights

  • 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

Location

Region – Central and West
Postcode: PA35 1JQ

Opening arrangements

Summer only
1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Admission prices

Summer
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Events at Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

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3 July 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

Duff House

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Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Waterloo Colours

Edinburgh Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Coast

Duff House

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Ring of Brodgar Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Castle Captive

Edinburgh Castle

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Enemy at the Gate

Urquhart Castle

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Standing Stones of Stenness Walk

Stones Of Stenness Circle And Henge

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