Businesses and Attractions
Taynuilt is a large village with a population of about 800 people. It is a thriving centre just off the main A85 road to Oban, which is only 12 miles away, and is a very pleasant journey by either road or rail. The village is surrounded by a number of hamlets which include Kirkton, Ichrachan, Airds, Hafton and the more outlying areas of Inverawe, Bridge of Awe, Airds Bay, Barguillean, Balindore and Fearnoch. The name Taynuilt is derived from the Gaelic 'Tigh-an-Uillt' meaning the 'house of the stream' which was a staging post and resting place for travellers before the railway came in 1879.
Bonawe Furnace was established in 1753 to smelt iron ore imported from Cumbria, using charcoals made from the extensive woods in the Taynuilt area. This industry had a profound effect on the community until it was closed in the late 19th century, employing about 600 people. The buildings have been renovated and the furnace site is now operated as an historical attraction by the National trust for Scotland. It is open to the public from April to October although, if you are visiting out of season, you can still wander freely around the site.
Loch Etive extends for 18 miles from Connel (where there are the spectacular tidal Falls of Lora) into the mountains towards Glen Coe. There are no public roads on the loch side beyond Taynuilt, but regular cruises take visitors to the head of the loch during the summer. The loch also offers excellent sailing and sea fishing.