Taynuilt

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Taynuilt is a small village situated 85 miles north of Glasgow, 12 miles east of Oban next to the main Glasgow to Oban A85 road.

The village is popular for a stopover when traveling up to Oban and Western Isles with a large Guest House and Tearoom.

Close by is the Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace 1 mile north by Loch Etive, Loch Etive boating pier and Walking Route, Inverawe Smokehouse and Country Park 2 miles north, Cruachan Hydro System Visitor Centre 6 miles east, and the 3,694ft / 1,125m Ben Cruachan mountain 6 miles east.

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The image top is of the large Taynuilt Guest House, formerly a Coaching Inn built in the 1500s.

The image second top is of the Taynuilt war memorial designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1920.

There is a Train Station in the village on the line that links Glasgow to Oban and Mallaig.

The village is situated on the River Nant about half of a mile before it flows into Loch Etive that is 20 miles / 31km long.

The village evolved as a staging post in this area as it is at the narrowest crossing on Loch Etive.

1228 - Killespickerill Church was built on a small hill to the east of the main street, seat of the Bishop of Argyll at that time. This site is where Muckairn Parish Church was built in 1829 using stone from Killespickerill Church.

1230 - Ardchattan Priory was built on the north shore of Loch Etive.

1308 - Ardchattan Priory was the venue for the last Scottish Parliament held in Gaelic. The remains of the priory can be visited.

1500s - the Taynuilt Inn is built for coaches traveling the west highlands.

1690 - a regular ferry service began running between Taynuilt and Bonawe across Loch Etive.

1753 - the Bonawe Iron Furnace was constructed about half of a mile north of Taynuilt. The area had vast woodlands needed to produce the charcoal for smelting iron. The iron ore was shipped in from England. This provided work for the area at the smelter itself and about 600 charcoal burners throughout the area.

1756 - the furnace was so important, a military road was constructed through mountains at the Pass of Brander, and the Bridge of Awe had to be constructed to reach the furnace.

1781 - the Bonawe Iron Furnace produced 42,000 cannonballs.

1885 - an Engraved Stone Monument was erected by Taynuilt to commemorate the death of Nelson at the 1885 Battle of Trafalgar. This is said to be the first monument created in Nelson's honour.

1829 - Stonework from Killespickerill Church was used to build Muckairn Parish Church in Taynuilt. This Church has great views east to Ben Cruachan mountain.

1876 - the Bonawe Iron Furnace was closed. It now serves as a tourist attraction run by Historic Environment Scotland.

1880 - the Oban Railway was completed with trains then running between Glasgow, Crianlarich, Taynuilt and Oban.

1900s - steam ferries running between Taynuilt and Bonawe began carrying cars and passengers.

1900s - birch brooms for use in steel mills were made in the Taynuilt woodlands.

1920 - Taynuilt War Memorial designed by Sir Robert Lorimer was erected in the village.

1966 - the Taynuilt to Bonawe ferry across Loch Etive stopped operating. The Connel Bridge 7 miles west at the mouth of Loch Etive was converted from a rail bridge to road traffic that year.

1987 - the scenic Taynuilt Golf club is opened with 9 holes.

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