St Conan's Kirk
St Conan's Kirk
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
St Conan's Kirk is a beautiful and facinating Kirk in Argyle. It was designed and built by Walter Campbell to save his mother travelling six miles to the nearest church! A self-taught designer, Walter designed it to contain most architectural styles and visitors find something new to see every visit. It is open most days from 9 to 5pm and entry is by donation. Highlights include the Cloisters, the stunning Ambulatory and the Bruce Chapel which contains a fragment of Robert the Bruce's bone. Your donation is used for the program of repairs. More information about special events is on the website.
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  • tcc334
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a stop to look round.
    A real must visit if you are in the area or passing. My husband and I visited here last week and we weren't disappointed. The interior is just stunning and there are display notices to provide information at various areas around the kirk. Stunning inside and out, and the views down the loch were amazing too. Oh and there is a tea shop which we didn't visit but looked lovely.
    Thank you for your 5 star review, it really helps others to find out about the kirk and hopefully visit us.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Blackth0rn
    Bristol, United Kingdom1,341 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot
    Well worth stopping if passing by, this looks very much like an old church, but is in fact relatively recent, having been built around a hundred years ago. It’s a mix of different architectural styles with the designer taking the best bits of several different influences. It’s certainly a pleasant spot, and besides the impressive church, there are small gardens at the back with great views over the loch.
    Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Leslie W
    166 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's amazing here
    This church was built by an amateur architect, and he incorporated several different styles of construction and decoration. It's weird, but nice. Wander each section and read all the signs, there's something interesting to find everywhere. Note that if it's busy, it's very, very difficult to turn your car around and get back on the road, which is also busy. Try going into the lower parking area to turn around. Or park on the verges and don't go into the parking area.
    We are currently working to improve the parking by the gatehouse to assist turning and ensure there is a turning space available. We have planning permission in place and are currently fundraising to meet the costs of these works.
    Written 28 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Debbie P
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    Resting on the bank of Loch Awe this is truly a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Amazing, mixed style of architecture and stunningly beautiful interior. Linger and soak Up the calming atmosphere, you might even be lucky enough to be visited by the black cat 🧡 our visit exceeded expectations!
    Review is much appreciated. The black cat is definitely a special highlight for many visitors.
    Written 15 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Beverley P
    Blackpool, United Kingdom152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Oh My what a gem. One to go and visit absolutely stunning. The inside is beautiful with lots to look at, then the views from the outside are breath taking. Entrance is by donation, I would suggest if you are every around here then go and see you will not be disappointed.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2024
  • Sandra H
    Thompsonville, Michigan348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Chapel is a Must See in Argyll and Bute!
    St Conan's Kirk in 2016 the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland public poll voted it one of the top ten buildings of the last 100 years, and it easy to see why. This chapel is stunning. Our group spent an hour there walking around. You don't need a ticket, it's done with a donation box, and the only downside is there is very little parking. I would suggest getting there when it first opens. Walter Campbell himself, along with his sister are buried in a family vault beneath the chapel. Do check their website to make sure they will be open for your visit. Weddings are very popular here. Highly recommend a stop.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2024
  • Karen BF
    Edmonton, Canada630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check updates on the restoration
    You can visit this church at no charge, but you will feel compelled to make a donation. Yo7 should, in support of the amazing work the local historical society has undertaken. There is even a tea house on the site now (check operating hours before you go). Give yourself an hour or so, to take in the history, get some photos, explore the nooks and crannies. Keep an eye out for the gothic features, gargoyles and stonework. From the back lawn more amazing views of Lake Awe and, down the way, Kilchum Castle. You’ll need a car to get to these spots off the beaten path, east of Pitlochry on the A85.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2024
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
You can visit this church at no charge, but you will feel compelled to make a donation. Yo7 should, in support of the amazing work the local historical society has undertaken. There is even a tea house on the site now (check operating hours before you go).
Give yourself an hour or so, to take in the history, get some photos, explore the nooks and crannies. Keep an eye out for the gothic features, gargoyles and stonework. From the back lawn more amazing views of Lake Awe and, down the way, Kilchum Castle.
You’ll need a car to get to these spots off the beaten path, east of Pitlochry on the A85.
Written 16 June 2024
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Sandra H
Thompsonville, MI348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
St Conan's Kirk in 2016 the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland public poll voted it one of the top ten buildings of the last 100 years, and it easy to see why. This chapel is stunning. Our group spent an hour there walking around. You don't need a ticket, it's done with a donation box, and the only downside is there is very little parking. I would suggest getting there when it first opens. Walter Campbell himself, along with his sister are buried in a family vault beneath the chapel. Do check their website to make sure they will be open for your visit. Weddings are very popular here. Highly recommend a stop.
Written 4 June 2024
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Beverley P
Blackpool, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Oh My what a gem. One to go and visit absolutely stunning. The inside is beautiful with lots to look at, then the views from the outside are breath taking. Entrance is by donation, I would suggest if you are every around here then go and see you will not be disappointed.
Written 4 June 2024
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Douglas W
Kilwinning, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very interesting church built beside Loch Awe in an eclectic mix of styles well worth stopping to view.
The Kirk includes some beautiful stained glass windows and other architectural features.
Written 8 April 2024
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Thank you for taking your time to review. Definitely worth the stop if you have time
Written 15 May 2024
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Debbie P
Chesterfield, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Resting on the bank of Loch Awe this is truly a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Amazing, mixed style of architecture and stunningly beautiful interior. Linger and soak
Up the calming atmosphere, you might even be lucky enough to be visited by the black cat 🧡 our visit exceeded expectations!
Written 4 April 2024
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Review is much appreciated. The black cat is definitely a special highlight for many visitors.
Written 15 May 2024
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explorer247!
Halesowen, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An interesting and unusual looking building. Stunning views of the loch. Definitely worth popping in and reading about the history.
Written 31 March 2024
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We are glad you enjoyed the visit. The loch views are definitely a highlight on a clear day
Written 15 May 2024
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themightytic
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An absolute gem of a place not to be missed. The architect on this building and inside and out are simply sublime, Game of Thrones vibe
Written 25 March 2024
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We appreciate your review - the Lord of the Rings comparison helps capture some of the feeling for potential visitors!
Written 15 May 2024
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David J
Dalry, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A beautiful church, in a fantastic location on the shores of Loch Awe.
A really nice place to visit if you can. Well worth it. Excellent information all the way around with it being obtrusive.
The external grounds are laid out nicely to present you with a really peaceful place seat and admire the views.
The trip was really made for us as we were accompanied on our visit by ' Sooty' the black cat, super friendly and available for lots of cuddles. An amazing ambassador for an amazing place.
Written 12 March 2024
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We are glad that you were able to use the benches we added a few years ago. We are currently working on a project to help upgrade the grounds and kirk for all visitors.
Written 15 May 2024
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StanABC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Peaceful. Beautiful views inside and out, and of the loch.
Tea room (check for hours especially outside summer). Watch out for traffic when crossing road.
Written 12 November 2023
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Appreciate you comment for people needing to cross the road. It is in a 30 miles per hour zone but worth taking extra care.
Written 15 May 2024
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R G
Dublin, Ireland1,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
A Quirky Kirk on the shores of Lochawe ,an elective collection of church architecture fused into a magical / religious experience.
Written 5 October 2023
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Thank you for sharing the spirituality many people experience at St Conan's. Reviews are important for both rankings on trip advisor and other sites.
Written 15 May 2024
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