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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.

Munros within 30 minutes Drive
BEN CRUACHAN (1126m) 
STOB DIAMH AND THE DALMALLY HORSESHOE (998m) 
BEIINN A’ CHOCHUILL AND BEINN EUNAICH (980m, 989m)
BEN LUI AND BEINN A’ CHLIBH (1130m, 916m) 
BEN OSS AND BEIN DUBHCHRAIG (1029m, 978m)
BEINN DORAIN AND BEINN AN DOTHAIDH (1076m,1002m) 
BEN MORE AND STOB BINNEIN (1174m, 1165m)
CRUACH ARDRAIN (1046m)

Lorn Furnace - www.historic-scotland.gov.uk - 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 recently been renovated and there is a small museum.

Loch Etive  - www.sea-fishing-loch-etive.co.uk - 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 & boat hire is avaliable. The loch also offers excellent sailing and sea fishing.

Ben Cruachan and its western peak (3611 feet) dominates the village. The higher peak (3689 feet) is visible from the Glen Lonan road. The mountain can be climbed from opposite the Brander Lodge Hotel via the water supply plant, or from the Dalmally end. The climb is not for the unfit or faint-hearted and a careful watch should be kept on weather conditions and forecast.

The road from Taynuilt to Kilchrenan runs through beautiful Glen Nant. After years of coppicing to make charcoal for the Lorn Furnace the woods are a particularly good example of natural regeneration and are in the care of the Nature Conservancy.

Cruachan Power Station - www.visitcruachan.co.uk - was excavated from the heart of Ben Cruachan. There are four 100 mega watt pump turbines which are fed by a dam 1300 feet up the mountainside to which the water is pumped back to by the same machines during off-peak periods. The complex was built in the 1960's and visitors are conveyed into the cavern in mini buses from the Visitors Centre at the side of Loch Awe.

In the lane opposite the station approach is Nelson's Monument from where there is a fine view of the surrounding area. This rough-hewn granite pillar, allegedly taken from another part of the village, is inscribed "To the memory of Lord Nelson this stone was erected by Lorn Furnace workmen 1805" and it must be one of the earliest memorials to Nelson's victories.

Oban today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles". The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots. For more details click here. Oban

The Adventure of a lifetime can come to life with sights such as these....... The Gulf of Corryvreckan and the world's third largest whirlpool; Fierce tide races which few yachtsmen dare enter; The Garvellachs islands and their link with Iona; Large colonies of seals and seabirds; Rare white tailed sea eagles; Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and Terns; Regular sightings of Porpoises, Dolphins and occasional Minke Whale; Tales of folklore and shipwrecks; Magnificent cliffs and spectacular scenery. For more details click here. Seafari

If you go out for a walk, make sure you take some binoculars with you and see if you can spot any of the big cats that roam the Scottish highlands, or find out more about them at the Big Cats Web Site

If you want to see some fantastic photographs of Scotland, dramatic landscapes, snow-capped mountains, beautiful sunsets, check out Gordon C. Harrison then after all the inspiration, book a room at The Knowe!

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Why not visit Kintaline Plant and Poultry Centre in Oban. Pure breeds of chickens and ducks and interesting and unusual garden plants. OPEN : Easter to October from 10 a.m. daily. The rest of the year please phone before dropping in. Always open for egg sales from our free roaming hens.

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