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River at Clachan of Glendaruel.
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  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PA22
Dialling code 01369
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56°00′42″N 5°12′55″W / 56.011626°N 5.2152786°W / 56.011626; -5.2152786

Glendaruel is a glen in the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

The main settlement in Glendaruel (Gaelic: Gleann Dà Ruadhail) is the Clachan of Glendaruel.


Kilmodan Church, Argyll
Kilmodan Church, Argyll

The present Kilmodan Church was built in the Clachan of Glendaruel in 1783. The Clachan of Glendaruel is the current location of Kilmodan Primary School, and the ground of Col-Glen Shinty Club.

The ruined Dunans Castle is also located in Glendaruel, while Glendaruel Wood and Crags and the Ruel Estuary are both included in the List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Mid Argyll and Cowal.

As the nearest Hospital is some miles away in Dunoon, a disused phone box in the village was converted to house a defibrillator. Just weeks before the installation, a tourist in Glendaruel had died from a heart attack.


The community is home to around 188 people as of 2008 and has been subject to a general decline in the late 20th century continuing into the early 21st century. The closure of the Glendaruel Hotel, a 17th-century coaching inn housing the only local pub, was in particular described as "a body blow." The hotel closed not long after a widely publicized legal case was won by three Polish former employees who had been described as "Polish Slaves" by the hotel proprietors. Over the past two decades a number of facilities within the community have been lost, notable examples include the post office, general store and tearoom with even Kilmodan Church becoming part-time, holding services only 2 Sundays in a month.

Glendaruel is marked out at government level as a typical example of a 'failing' rural village in an area of 'deprivation'.


Kilmodan Primary has been earmarked for closure at various times in recent decades including in 1998 and in 2010 when the school roll stood at just 22 students. As of June 2012 the school had "two teachers, 19 pupils and handful of support staff."

School year 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/2014 2014/2015
Total school roll 23 21 22 27 23 26 27 21 22 19 19 17 14

Cultural depictions


Glendaruel is thought to be one of the glens praised in the Gaelic poem "The Lament of Deirdre", in which reference is made to a Glenndaruadh. It is found in the 15th-century Glenmasan manuscript, which may go back to an original written down in 1238. Deirdre is a tragic heroine in Irish mythology, and in the poem she is lamenting the necessity of leaving Scotland to return to Ireland.


Glendaruel is the inspiration for a number of bagpipe tunes, including The Glendaruel Highlanders, The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel, and The Dream Valley of Glendaruel. The tune of The Glendaruel Highlanders was used for the popular Scottish comic song Campbeltown Loch, as sung by Andy Stewart.



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