Bonawe Iron Works

Location type


Name and dates

Bonawe Iron Works (1753-1874)

Served by the Industry (without sidings).


This iron works was established by Richard Ford and Company at Bonawe, just to the north east of Taynuilt. The site was ideal having access to tidewater and the forests of Glen Nant and on the banks of Loch Etive and Loch Awe. The timber was coppiced and converted into charcoal for use at the works. So much charcoal was required that it was cheaper to bring haematite from Cumberland than take the charcoal to Cumberland.

The works closed in 1874 but many of the works buildings survive. Bonawe House, the manager's house, and several cottages also survive.


Bonawe Ironworks - Historic Environment


Iron works

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67