Skipness occupies a lonely and little-visited corner of Scotland, a handful of cottages on the quiet east coast of Kintyre. But this northerly part receives a boost from visitors travelling to the Isle of Arran via the "back door" ferry from Claonaig. If you're doing the same, arrive early to explore nearby Skipness Castle, a substantial 13th century ruin built by Clan MacSween of even more remote Castle Sween. And don't miss the ruins of Kilbrannan Chapel a few minutes' walk to the east, dedicated to St Brendan and replacing the castle's own.
Name: Skipness Castle and Chapel ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NR 908578 / closer swipes unloads
Open (2017): Always (tower April to September only)
Anything else? Parking is just beyond the far end of the village and signposted; from here it's a 10-min walk along a track to the castle, with the chapel a little way beyond.