- Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:21
- Written by Graham Brooks
Although the majority of the Highlands of Scotland are composed of either volcanic, igneous or metamorphic rocks there are some outcrops of limestone. Where these have occurred then they have been exploited and used to produce lime for both building and land improvement.
The remains of what appear to be a pair of limekilns at Loch an Eilein Gate, Rothiemurchus. These kilns use the small limestrone bands in the hillside above.
ISLAND OF LISMORE
The Island of Lismore lies off the Appin coast in Loch Linnhe.
Lime was first burnt on the island by the priests of Kilcheran around 1800 as a means of raising income and providing employment. It was so succesful that local land owners started their own kilns with six sites on Lismore and Neighbouring Sheep island. At its height in the mid 1800's it employed up to 50 men in the quarries and kilns and also local boats were used to cxarry the lime to the main land and fuel for the kilns to the island.
The coming of the railways to the west coast in the 1880's provided a cheaper source of lime and the industry slowly closed with the last lime being burnt in 1934.
The majority of the kilns were built on the raised beach at the base of the cliff. This allowed easy loading of the rock quarried from the cliff.
PORT RAMSAY LIMEKILNS.
Limekilns at Salen. these are a part of a whoe complex including kilns, quarry,fuel store, housing and quay for exporting the lime.
A seond set of kilns near Salen.
Limekiln at Kilcheran.
THE NORTH COAST.
STRATHY LIMEKILNS. NC 852 657.
A nearly complete circular intermittent 2 draw limekiln.
Draw eye on N side
Draw eye on south side
Top of pot.
A pair of derelict kilns on opposite side of the a small stream in front of the first kiln.
A pair of limekilns near to the above kilns at NC 856 661.
The earliest kiln (nearest in photo) is the circular with two draw arches. Two butresses have been added later.The younger square kiln has three draw arches.
The early round kiln.
the front draw arch square arched.
The second arch and the secondary butresses.
The pot of the circular kiln.
The front of the younger square kiln.
One of the side draw arches. they seem low were they just for draft?
Draw arch on the other side.
On the side of Loch Eriboll NC 446 596.
A group of four kilns built as 2 pairs built in about 1870.
I have numbered the pots from the right side (north) side of the kilns
The majority of the firebricks used in the structure appear to be stamped 'NOBLE'.
The left (southern) pair of kilns.
Draw eye and pot for kiln number one.
Draw eye and pot for kiln number two.
Draw eyes and pot for kiln number three.
Draw eyes and pot for kiln number four.
The flooded quarry from which the limestone for the kilns was quarried.