North of Port Ann, on the west side of Loch Fyne, the ruins of an old farmhouse and steading called Carrick stand in a forestry clearing.
The ruins you can see today relate to a 20th century farm, but Carrick dates back much further - it is marked on Timothy Pont’s late 16th century map of Knapdale.
The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873) showing both Carrick and the nearby site of West Otter Ferry.
In 1685, John McKerras of Carrick and four other tenant farmers paid a fine of cattle and horses to the crown. This fine resulted from the part they played in the Earl of Argyll’s unsuccessful plan to overthrow the newly crowned King James VII.
Seven years later John McKerras’ name appears again on a list of Fencible Men. This meant he was eligible to serve in the King’s army. Three others from Carrick appeared on the list, these were: John Mathie; Hew McInlaister and Malcom McGrasich.
Rental lists, births and deaths show consistent occupation of Carrick until the end of the 19th century.
In the early 20th century, James Craig and his family moved onto the farm. They built the house and steading whose ruins you can see today.
On James’ death in 1929, the farm passed to his son Alexander and then, in 1947, to his grandson Hamish. Hamish ran the farm until 1951 when he moved to New Zealand with his family.
Hamish’s brother Donald then took over at Carrick. However, in 1952, he joined his brother in New Zealand and Carrick was finally abandoned.
The exact location of Carrick is grid reference NR 908 872.
The best place to access the forest is Port Ann car park.
There is no official trail but the site is accessible by walking along the main road from the car park north towards Lochgair. A short distance along you will see a track on your left that leads you to the site. The ruins are visible from the road. You can access the site on foot, however there is considerable vegetation and we recommend not entering any of the ruins. Wear stout waterproof shoes.
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.