Taynuilt

Taynuilt (Taigh-an-Uillt) is a large village near Loch Etive which is a sea loch extending into the mountains of Argyll. The village has hotel/ restaurants and some local shops. Summer cruises are available on the loch from a pier a few minutes walk from the station.

Taynuilt Station with the 14.41 ex Oban - Glasgow Queen Street Station train on the loop (LH side) crossing the 12.21 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban train on the down line on 5th September 2014.

The original 1880 timber built station building, which stood on the LH side was an impressive listed building structure. Unfortunately it burnt down some years ago just as it was in the process of receiving grant funding to preserve it. The signal box, although timber, was not the original. It ceased to be used with the introduction of RETB train control in 1988. Although disused and having the external steps and balcony removed it has recently been refurbished. It is now located at the east end of the platform on the up loop. It is hidden by the trees in this picture but is clearly seen in the lower picture.

 

Creative floral decoration on Platform I.

 

  The picture below shows an Oban - Glasgow summer service train approaching Taynuilt. The Bonawe quarry is on the left on the other side of Loch Etive. Behind, the most southerly of the Etive Mountains, Beinn nan Aighenan (Hill of the Hinds).

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 The Bonawe Iron Furnace, opened in 1753 and closed in 1876. It is a tourist attraction maintained by Historic Scotland and is situated just to the north of the village. Iron ore was shipped to the Loch Etive based furnace all the way from Cumbria. This may seem surprising but it was the large reservoir of available timber throughout Argyll which attracted the English owners. Wood was required in great quantity for conversion to the charcoal which the furnace required. The iron produced was then shipped all the way back to England.

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4 Coach Glasgow - Oban summer service train passes Rubha nan Carn on Loch Etive Side half way between Taynuilt and Connel.

 

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