Strontian is well known for its mines and the element Strontium, was named after the village.
Click on the image for a website that gives some of the fascinating history of the local mines.
If rocks are what you like, or if they have never interested you but you fancy trying, checkout this website. Look at our landscape from a geological point of view, you wont regret it! It's a fascinating place out there. Click on the LG circle below to take you to the Geopark Website.
The Strontian Floating Church
The Sunart Floating Church was one of the strangest churches in the whole of Scotland.
In 1843 the Free Church broke from The Church of Scotland. The area of Sunart, asked the landowner for a piece of land on which they could build a new place to worship. He declined!
So the people here raised the amazing total of £1400, to have a Floating Church constructed at a shipyard in Glasgow. It was launched in 1846 and towed to Loch Sunart where it was moored at Ardnastang Bay.
It was a very large vessel, 80 feet long, 24 feet wide and 27 feet high. It contained a vestry, a pulpit and seating for over 400 people. Some churchgoers has to walk miles to get there and then either crossed by rowing boat, or from stone jetty pulling themselves out in small boats on long ropes stretched between the church and the shore.
Many years later in a great storm she broke from her anchors.
The church was blown ashore and settled between high and low tide which is designated as “no man's land”. Therefore the unapproving Laird could not intervene. Here it was used for some years as a church and a school until finally the Laird allowed a plot of land on which a stone church to be built.
The entire church was salvaged and removed from the beach and until recently it was assumed that nothing whatsoever remained of it.
However divers recently found one of the huge anchors used on the vessel and efforts are now being made in the village to raise this important piece of village history!