St Conan's Kirk

St Conan's Kirk, Loch Awe

St Conan's Kirk
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK417 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is a magnificent building. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited.. We would like to return and learn more about the history.
Written 11 January 2022
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R Jones
Chester, UK65 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We came across this church by default on the banks of the River went in and it is breathtaking and steeped in history .
The church is still in use and under renovation but oh my word it’s a must to visit
Written 28 December 2021
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Pesky
United Kingdom14 contributions
Nov 2021
Very interesting to read about the history and restoration works in the Kirk. Lots of work still to do.
Written 21 November 2021
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James S
Brough, UK291 contributions
Oct 2021
This is the second time in a year that we have visited St Conans Kirk but this time we had our daughter with us who missed last years trip and we had gone on about how beautiful it was to her and promised that we would go back. She was in awe when we pulled up alongside the Kirk on the banks of Loch Awe and realised why we had gone on about it so much. The architecture is stunning, several different types and all built by one mans ideas. You can spend hours here if kirks and architecture are your thing but beware of coach parties as it could spoil the quiet and peaceful surroundings. There are plenty of information boards around the Kirk that give a lot of useful information regarding the building and also a lot of other interesting information including Robert the Bruce. You can get some stunning photos of the Loch and Kilchurn castle in the distance from the grounds. A little tea room situated just beside the Kirk is very pleasant too with a nice range of cakes and drinks. The Kirk is free to the public but they do ask for donations to keep it in good repair, so go on, spend £2 to see this exceptional well restored Kirk on the banks of Lock Awe.
Written 11 October 2021
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Thank you for lovely review!
Written 10 November 2021
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Natalie S
32 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Kirk was suited in a beautiful location. It was very interesting and had some amazing architecture. Some areas were closed but this was due to work getting done. The little tea room was very nice as well with a good selection of food and drink.
Written 10 September 2021
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We are getting closer to all areas currently closed off areas being open again to visitors, with projects to repair downpipes, reinstate the carved lion in the cloisters and the removal of 2 large trees due for completion before the end on 2021.
Written 10 November 2021
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Debra M
Edinburgh, UK98 contributions
Sep 2021
This interesting and photogenic church is tucked away from the road, but is well worth the visit. The history is fascinating and there are many quirky little features everywhere you look. We visited before, but our companions had not, so we made a point to stop and show them this gem. They are constantly renovating, so bring some coins/cash to contribute to this good work. I would suggest that they institute some kind of tap-and-pay donation system that allows visitors to use a card - I didn't have enough coins/cash to reflect how much I enjoyed my visit!
Written 9 September 2021
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Thank you for your review. There is now a tap-and-donate system in the kirk however donations can also be made via our website. We are working hard to keep the renovations and repairs and get to a watertight building. Thanks to generosity of visitors we have tackled many of the long standing roof issues.
Written 10 November 2021
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK1,677 contributions
Aug 2021
Understated little gem, just off the road. Tea kiosk is welcome too. Great place to rest and ponder life.
Written 31 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. Although we keep working on improvements we always try to retain the the peaceful and understated nature of the kirk and gardens.
Written 10 November 2021
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Murphy M
Nuneaton, UK110 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A lovely peaceful location. The church itself is quite magnificent inside and out. I would recommend a stop to look around if you are passing by.
Written 29 August 2021
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Thank you for your recommendation. We wholeheartedly agree!
Written 10 November 2021
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S2Ally
Edinburgh, UK13 contributions
Aug 2021
One of the most beautiful churches I have ever been in & the position of it is glorious. We went many years ago & just had to return.
Written 26 August 2021
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We are glad your return met your expectations and memories.
Written 10 November 2021
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Robajob78
Telford, UK7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
St Conan's is an eccentric little hidden gem by the side of Loch Awe. The medieval cloister and reused stonework give no clue that it was actually built in the early 20th century!
Definitely worth a stop off if you're in the area.
Written 24 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review. Visitors sharing 5 star reviews are important to help others find out about the kirk.
Written 10 November 2021
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