The ruins of Arichonan still stand tall on the slopes of Gleann a Ghaolbhan. Here you can explore inside the homes of people who lived there over 150 years ago and more. Evidence within the walls can tell us how these people lived and worked. Why not visit and see what you can discover?
The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch map (1865) shows many buildings as still roofed (buildings shaded in black). Shepherds lived at Arichonan after the evictions.
The name Arichonan is known to date back as early as the 1600s. The lands of Arichonan were feued in 1654 by the Campbells of Auchenbreck to Neil MacNeil from South Knapdale. At the beginning of the 19th century it was bought by Neil Malcolm of Poltalloch, who, in 1848, evicted the people from Arichonan Township.
Like many landlords at the time, he did this to replace the tenants and their small farms with a large-scale sheep run managed by the estate. Today, the ruins of the shepherd's house rise amongst the remnants of the homes abandoned after the evictions.
The exact location of Arichonan is grid reference NR 774 912.
The best place for access to the forest is Gleann a Gealbhan. There is a waymarked trail to Arichonan from the car park.
All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.