We love dogs and we are very happy to welcome friendly adult dogs and their owners.

Powdermills Bed and Breakfast in Inveraray is ideal for dogs. It has slate floors with rugs and direct access out into our secure 10-acre garden. We have established routes around the grounds that are perfect for an early morning or early evening walk with your dog.


If you want to walk your dog off-lead you can drive south to Ardcastle, and park in the forestry commission car park. It is a 15-minute drive and has miles of off-lead walking.

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Scots Wha Hae

19 November 2019

“Scots Wha Hae” is a patriotic song of Scotland written using both words of the Scots language and English, which served for centuries as an unofficial national anthem. It means simply ‘Scots we have’. The lyrics were written by Robert Burns in 1793, in the form of a speech given by Robert the Bruce before […]

We will remember them

12 November 2019

On Sunday I attended the service at the War Memorial in Furnace village. It was a moving ceremony with the local minister taking the service and the Royal British Legion, Scotland providing a guard of honour with a lone piper sounding a lament. Furnace is not a large village with only 200 inhabitants. In its […]

Powdermills – a history

12 November 2019

We are often asked by guests about the history of Powdermills. We can do no better than reproduce the history of the village of Furnace completed by Duncan Beaton from This web site provides a comprehensive history of our village. “Cannons and cannonballs are no use without gunpowder, and the damp climate of Argyll […]

John Mann

1 November 2019

‘Smiler’ is a Campbell family nickname.  Johnny’s dad, also called John, had the nickname ‘Smiler’ as a child because he smiled all the time, and Johnny’s elder sister, Morag, was also called ‘Smiler’ for the same reason.  And our daughter Islay is called ‘Sm-Islay’, a play on words, by her brother. Last weekend, Johnny’s dad, […]

New Man – same old Dad!

6 October 2019

Have you seen the TV advert about the fell runners who wash their muddy white t-shirts, in washing machines lined up in the middle of nowhere, using a well-known brand of washing powder? Anyway, John was watching said advert and retorted, at the end when the runners show off their beautifully clean white t-shirts: ‘They’re […]