The village of Taynuilt lies at the mid section of Loch Etive where the river Awe enters the loch. It is also about halfway between Connel and Loch Awe village on the A85. Although Taynuilt is quite a small village there are a number of shops, hotel, bar, restaurant, post office and tearoom. There are also tennis courts, and a small 9 hole golf course. Taynuilt also has the added advantage in that the main road passes close to the heart of the village but not through it, also it lies on the Glasgow to Oban railway line.
To the immediate north of Taynuilt is Bonawe Iron Furnace. It is an unusual site when you learn that the iron ore came by sea from Cumbria. The reason for this is that the furnace was fired by charcoal which was made locally in the oak woodlands around Taynuilt. It would appear that the most economic positioning for this Industrial artefact was here and not where the ore originated nor near the markets for the iron.
In fact if you turn onto the Dalavich road just out of Taynuilt and drive a few miles to the forest paths in Glen Nant there is a trail where you can see examples of the charcoal making process. This is the Ant trail, where along the track you can see large ant hills which are constructed by the forest ants which are found in Argyll.
Taynuilt is a good base for those wishing to explore the local mountains or lochs. It has also become quite popular for cyclists as there are miles of quiet roads and tracks in this general area.
If you take a walk through the village and up to the Muchairn Parish Church which was built in the early 19th Century around 1828/29 you will get a view of the ancient parish as the church sits on a hill overlooking Taynuilt. This building was built on the ruins of the ancient Killespickerill, the seat of the Bishop of Argyll. A quick look around the old graves will give you a feel for the old building as they pre-date the current church by hundreds of years.
At the pier, across from Bonawe Quarry, it is obvious that this would be a crossing place for a small ferry allowing travel and trade to take place between Bonawe and Taynuilt. Bonawe itself, (apart from the current large quarry) has a claim to fame in that it held the last Gaelic speaking parliament in Scotland in 1308 at the nearby Ardchatten Priory. It is unfortunate that there is no longer a ferry here.
Please see our lochs and fishing pages for details of fishing in this area.