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Shepherd's Point on Loch Long - - 547968
Ardentinny shown within Argyll and Bute
Population177 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceNS 18712 87563
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA23
Dialling code01369
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56°02′47″N 4°54′44″W / 56.046506°N 4.9122174°W / 56.046506; -4.9122174Coordinates: 56°02′47″N 4°54′44″W / 56.046506°N 4.9122174°W / 56.046506; -4.9122174

Ardentinny; (Scottish Gaelic: Àird an t-Sionnaich or Àird an Teine) is a small village on the west shore of Loch Long, 14 miles (23 km) north of Dunoon on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands.

Nearby is Cruach a Chaise (Cheese Hill), while on the opposite side of Loch Long is the village of Coulport, home of RNAD Coulport, the storage and loading base for the UK's Trident Nuclear Defence Force.

The name Ardentinny means "hill of fire", deriving either from the ancient rite of lighting fires to the god Bel on May 1 or more likely from warning fires to aid mariners. It was the fife of the McInturner's Baron's Craigcoll, Ardentinny & Glenfinart before they were murdered by Clan Campbell for supporting Clan Lamont in the reign of Robert the Bruce. The ferry between Ardentinny and Coulport was summoned by a fire and was used by the Dukes of Argyll travelling between Dunoon, Inveraray and Rosneath Castle and in later years by drovers from Argyll travelling to the markets in Central Scotland.

The village has two hotels catering for the general public. The Ardentinny Outdoor Centre is run by Actual Reality, which has two centres in Cowal.

The local economy is reliant on tourism and agriculture, with major employers being the hotel, the outdoor centre and the caravan park. There is one working fishing boat based in Ardentinny, trawling for prawns. Residents also work in Dunoon and across the Clyde. The village is served by the bus service to and from Dunoon.

There are many holiday home rentals now being offered to tourists, as Ardentinny is within Argyll Forest Park,[2] which is itself within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.[3]

The Ardentinny Hotel was struck by lightning on 19 May 2014,[4] and re-opened in June 2017, after refurbishment, as a modern Bar & Bistro named, simply, The Ardentinny.[5][6]


Ardentinny had a primary school until 1998, when it was closed due to falling pupil numbers. Children in the village are now sent to nearby Strone Primary School. The only secondary School in Cowal is Dunoon Grammar, and students from the village are bussed there each day.

In literature[edit]

The village of Ardentinny is featured in Don Brown's historical fiction novel Destiny, the prequel to Brown's Navy Justice Series.[7]

People from Ardentinny[edit]


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  2. ^ "Argyll Forest Park - Forestry Commission Scotland".
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  4. ^ May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19). "Roof blaze at Ardentinny Hotel (Updated)". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  5. ^ "The Ardentinny | A 21st Century Bar & Bistro". August 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  6. ^ admin (2017-06-29). "Welcome return of village inn". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  7. ^ Brown, Don (1 September 2014). Destiny. Mountainview Books, LLC. ISBN 9781941291061 – via Google Books.

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