Skipness Castle

Argyll & Bute | Skipness | Castle | ★★

[Castle Sween]

Skipness is little more than a handful of cottages on the east coast of Kintyre: a generally little-visited corner of Scotland. But this northerly part of the region receives a small boost from visitors travelling to the Isle of Arran via the "back door" ferry from nearby 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.

[Skipness Castle]

Location & info

📌 Skipness Castle and Chapel ★★
Off B8001 half a mile east of Skipness, G.R.: NR 908578 ///closer.swipes.unloads
Always open (tower: daily, April to September) | Free

💬 Parking is just beyond the north / far end of Skipness village at G.R.: NR 904579 ///spoon.perky.diets. From here it's a 10-min walk east along a track to the castle, with the chapel a little way beyond.


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