Skipness Castle

Southern Highlands & Islands

Beyond Skipness village rise the substantial remains of 13th-century Skipness Castle, a former possession of the Lords of the Isles. It’s a striking building, composed of dark-green local stone trimmed with contrasting red-brown sandstone from Arran. The tower house was added in the 16th century and was occupied until the 19th century. From the top you can see the roofless, 13th-century St Brendan’s Chapel down by the shore. The kirkyard contains some excellent carved grave slabs.

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