Bonawe Iron Furnace opens again to visitors

Once seen as the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753 and remained active until the 1870s. NO_T23_Bonawereopens

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A historic site near Taynuilt is again open to tourists after Covid closed it  last December.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced Bonawe Iron furnace can at last welcome people back.

The reopening is part of HES’s  ongoing phased plan across the country to get back to near normal – Iona Abbey opened on May 10.

More sites will open their doors throughout the summer on a rolling basis.

Once seen as the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753 and stayed active until the 1870s.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES said: ‘We are pleased to announce even more of our sites reopening up and down the country, providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy much loved heritage attractions once again.

‘As well as attractions such as Bonawe Iron Furnace, we are opening a further 12 of our ticketed sites to visitors over May and June, including a number of seasonal sites, joining over 70 per cent of our attractions which opened at the end of April with additional sites to follow.’

He added: ‘With over 5,000 years of history in our care, we’ve adopted a phased approach to reopening, providing as diverse a mix of attractions as possible, as well as reviewing and implementing the individual reopening requirements of each site, in line with Scottish Government guidance. We are now looking forward to welcoming visitors back to even more sites, providing further opportunity to enjoy Scotland’s diverse and globally renowned historic environment.’

As before, safety measures will be in place at all sites, with visitors wearing face coverings in indoor locations and in some enclosed spaces where social distancing can not be easily kept.

At some of the sites there will be limited numbers and one-way systems.

To book and for more information on further HES sites reopening visit: