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main image Inn, Ford, Argyll
Early travellers in Scotland were appalled by conditions in Scottish inns. For 18th and 19th century landowners, the provision of a decent inn was a matter of honour, and often the key element in a planned village.

Improved transport in the 19th century opened up the Highlands and Islands. A new wave of larger, tourist-oriented hotels developed.

Built in 1864 as the Auchinellan Inn, the Ford Hotel stood near the west end of Loch Awe. Steamer services connected the railway station at the east end of the loch to the west end. Onward connections were by horse-drawn vehicles. This photograph was taken c. 1900.

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