Bute ranger boosts restoration hopes for historic kiln

The village of Kilchattan Bay at the south end of Bute was once home to a number of small industrial developments, including a kiln for burning limestone mined on the island.
The village of Kilchattan Bay at the south end of Bute was once home to a number of small industrial developments, including a kiln for burning limestone mined on the island.

Hopes that a historic lime kiln on Bute might be restored have received a boost this week from the island’s new countryside ranger.

Ian Brown told the AGM of the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Improvements Committee, held at the Kingarth Hotel on December 8, that he would be interested in looking at the possible restoration of the kiln in Kilchattan Bay along with villagers in the area.

Mr Brown said he was keen to hear from any residents or community groups who feel the ranger service might be able to help with access and other countryside issues.

The kiln, behind Kiln Villa in the centre of the village, is one of a number of modest industrial developments in the area in the early-to-mid 19th century.

It was established under the guidance of one Samuel Girdwood, to burn and utilise the generous supply of limestone then to be found on the island.

* If you have any ideas for countryside or access improvements you’d like to suggest to the ranger service on Bute, you can contact Ian Brown on 01700 503858 or 07960 339774.