Taigh an Uillt
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Places related to the A85|
The small village of Taynuilt lies on the south shore of Loch Etive near the mouth of the River Awe. It grew up around the Iron Works, much of which survive as a visitor attraction managed by Historic Scotland, and was a busy village with shops for many years. A few shops survive, and the Taynuilt Hotel serving the locals and visitors alike. The surrounding hills have large forestry plantations, which offer walks and cycle routes, while the Munros of Ben Cruachan rise up above the Pass of Brander and Loch Awe to the south.
The main road through the village is the A85, nearing the end of its journey west from Perth to Oban. As it is the main road into the West Highland ferry port of Oban, the A85 can be very busy at times, but the local geography limits the opportunities for bypassing the village. The B845 crosses the A85 in Taynuilt, with a short multiplex. This route once ran from the A828 on the shores of Loch Creran to the north to Loch Awe in the south, however it relied on two ferries, which have long since ceased running, and so is now a somewhat broken route
There are two junctions between the B845 and the A85. The western one lies in front of the Taynuilt Hotel, and is a simple T Junction, with the B road heading north into the village, and ultimately to the abandoned ferry slipway on Loch Etive. The eastern junction is another simple T junction, but built onto the side of a steep hill. This means that turning traffic from the east has to negotiate an effective Hairpin to take the B845 south to the shores of Loch Awe, where it ends at another long abandoned ferry slipway.
|Dail Mhàilidh /Dalmally, Crianlarich / A' Chrìon Làraich|
|An t-Òban / Oban|
|Mheadhan a Bhaile / Village Centre||Bonawe Iron Furnace and former slipway for Bonawe Ferry|
|Cill Chreanain / Kilchrenan, Dalavich||Loch Awe|