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TITLE
Ariundle Oakwoods
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_ARIUNDLE_04
PLACENAME
Ariundle
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Judith Cutler
SOURCE
Geograph British Isles
ASSET ID
468
KEYWORDS
smelting
ore smelting
Ariundle Oakwoods

Ariundle lies north of Strontian, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Two hundred years ago the oak woods around Ariundle were a source of charcoal for the Bonawe furnace in Lorne. Some of the old stacking platforms can still be seen in the area today. To ensure a constant supply of poles, the oaks were coppiced to allow the stems to regrow. The last comprehensive felling appears to have taken place around 1850 and after the furnace closed Ariundle became a grazing area for sheep, cattle and deer. Today the area is a National Nature Reserve. The trees are covered in mosses, ferns and lichens which thrive in the damp west-coast climate. The area is also home to a wide variety of birdlife.

(Image Copyright - Judith Cutler)

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Ariundle Oakwoods

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

2000s

smelting; ore smelting

Geograph British Isles

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Ariundle lies north of Strontian, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Two hundred years ago the oak woods around Ariundle were a source of charcoal for the Bonawe furnace in Lorne. Some of the old stacking platforms can still be seen in the area today. To ensure a constant supply of poles, the oaks were coppiced to allow the stems to regrow. The last comprehensive felling appears to have taken place around 1850 and after the furnace closed Ariundle became a grazing area for sheep, cattle and deer. Today the area is a National Nature Reserve. The trees are covered in mosses, ferns and lichens which thrive in the damp west-coast climate. The area is also home to a wide variety of birdlife.<br /> <br /> (Image Copyright - Judith Cutler)