At Dunardry, within Knapdale Forest, you can find evidence for two local industries; slate quarrying and lime burning.

There are numerous small-scale slate quarries within the forest, however, their history is largely unexplored.

The slate quarried here was a dark coloured, fine-grained slate. This is high quality 'blue slate', best known from the major industrial quarries at Ballachulish and Easdale. However, at Dunardry it appears that the slate quarrying activity was small in scale, for local use only.

This is a specimen of the slate quarried at Dunardry, taken by the British Geological Survey.

dunardry heritage

Near the slate quarry, there is a group of several ruined buildings and enclosures. Locals refer to these as the "slate miners' houses" but it is unknown if this was actually for their use.

Dunardry map2

1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map published in 1873. This map shows the Dunardry farm as being abandoned (buildings in white indicate being unroofed). The map records the quarry as an irregular shape located near the farmstead. The lime kiln is a small white square near Lochan Duin.

Dunardry map

In this 2nd edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map published in 1899, the slate quarry is marked as abandoned. Interestingly modern Ordnance Survey maps show an old quarry further north, which is not on either the 1st or 2nd edition maps.

These houses were recorded as unroofed in the 1873 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map. There are also the well-preserved remains of a stone-built limekiln nearby.


Storyteller Patsy Dyer shares a local tale.

Visiting Dunardry

The exact location of Dunardry is grid reference NR 817 906.

The best place to access the forest is Dunardry. From there, you can take the Dunardry Walk. The site is adjacent to the forest road.

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.