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Skipness Village, Kintyre


The small village of Skipness is at the end of the first section of the Kintyre Way and provides an excellent stopping off point with a small shop selling essentials such as bread, milk, groceries and newspapers. There is a public toilet at the Claonaig ferry terminal where the Cal Mac ferry for Arran departs.

There are several sites of historic interest including the magnificent 13th century Skipness Castle which is in superb condition. It is maintained by Historic Scotland and is open all year round , entry is free. You can also visit St Brendan’s Chapel which is close by and is also thought to date from the same time.

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From Tarbert Castle there is a scenic forest walk across to Skipness village. The route is rich in flora and fauna and passes the remains of old shielings at Glenskible. The impressive Castle at Skipness dates from the 13th Century to the late 17th Century. Nearby are some interesting carved medieval tombstones and the 13th Century Kilbrannan Chapel dedicated to Irish Missionary St Brendan.

Further along the coast from Skipness is Claonaig, where the ferry for the Isle of Arran arrives.