Day 138 : Claggan – Ardery

As I look down on Loch Sunart I turn towards Liddesdale which at one time boasted of a lead mine. I follow the shoreline passing a few houses, boats and slipways around the head of Loch Sunart.

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Strontian grew as a village to provide accommodation for lead miners. The village got its name from when some French prisoners of war working in the mines discovered a completely new mineral and they called it Strontian. It was used in producing sugar from sugar beet.

There is another story about Strontian. When a local landowner refused permission  for a Presbyterian church to be built. The enterprising congregation bought a boat and had it towed from Clydeside to Strontian where it was moored up and used as a floating church.

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I have been staying at a wonderful bunkhouse at Ariundle just along the road from Strontian. It is set in native oak woodland amongst moss, lichens and ferns.

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From here you can take walks through the woodland and along the Strontian river. There is also Phemie’s walk named after a local.

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Ard Airigh or  Ardery is a peaceful lochside locatic. There are some woodland trails and places to picnic. This is where I finish for today.

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