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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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 July 25, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Blackth0rn
    Bristol, United Kingdom1,337 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 July 25, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 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 August 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 13, 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 May 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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Angie Z
Thetford, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I was travelling with a friend to Oban and passed this beautiful gothic church en route so we decided to call in on the way home and I am so pleased we did. I am not a religious person by any means but the unusual architecture of the building and the location are outstanding. It is such an unusual p!are and quite unlike any church I have ever seen. I would recommend a visit to see this church and can guarantee you will not be disappointed by the beauty of the location or the quirkiness of the church.
Written August 23, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to share the pleasure you got visiting the St Conan's and capturing some of the things that make it such a special place.
Written September 5, 2020
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madaboutravelsp
Edinburgh, UK906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Finished in 1930 this beautiful church was the love project of Walter Douglas-Campbell, who built it for his mother. The building is a surprising mix of different architectural styles (from Norman to Celtic) and it is stunning in every single way. Make sure you leave some time to explore the gardens, to enjoy the views and to check out the Bruce Chapel which they claim hosts the relic of some bones of his leg taken from Dunfermline cathedral.
If you are hungry there is a tiny and super cosy tearoom right next to eat where they will feed you lots of comfort food. The lovely people running it were the best.
BTW, the place needs funds to repair its roof and make sure it is well preserved so please donate when you visit.
Written March 2, 2020
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We do appreciate you taking time to write a considered review, it helps Trip Advisor to understand if people have enjoyed their visit enough to write about it. During conservation of the Bruce statue in 2019 we were able to check and confirm there were bones stored in the Bruce chapel as claimed during the building of the Kirk.
Written March 9, 2020
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James S
Brough, UK282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 October 11, 2021
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Thank you for lovely review!
Written November 10, 2021
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
On our route from Loch Lomond to Oban we came across this Kirk. Just beyond the Kirk there is a small layby so we decided to break our journey. For a small donation you can wander the Kirk and its grounds at your leisure. It is an unusual place with an interesting history and outside some lovely views of Loch Awe. There are some great photo opportunities both inside and out and I would recommend a short stop here if you have time.
Written October 28, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to share how much you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 10, 2021
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Marilyn W
South Queensferry, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We have passed this Kirk many times on the road up to Oban, but it wasn't until this year that a friend told us that we should stop and visit it.

It is well worth stopping to see since it is a wonderful mix of Gothic and ecclectic with some really weird and wonderful gargoyles on the roof.

The inside is just as gorgeous and interesting and is well worth visiting and the gardens overlooking the loch are lovely and peaceful.

They have a small tearoom which we didn't visit. They have a small parking area in the kirkyard and a larger laybye across the road, but if they are full, just up the road on the same side as the kirk is another laybye with a path leading to the kirk.
Written July 20, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review. So many people have driven past dozens or even hundreds of times before being encouraged to visit by others.
Written November 10, 2021
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D G
Dunfermline, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The interior was surprisingly spectacular. We stopped here during a road trip and we’re blown away with the interior architecture and setting. It’s an incredible little church for its location, steeped in Scottish history, well worth 20mknutes of your time if you’re passing through.
Written August 16, 2022
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Thank you for your review and sharing with others your enjoyment.
Written August 30, 2022
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M Gilmore
Invergordon, Scottish Highlands, Scotland179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were recommended this by a member of staff at the Cruachan power station and were absolutely delighted to visit such a hidden gem.

The little church itself is beautiful, and you'd never guess it isn't truly medieval but was built in the style in 1930. The decorative carvings are amazing, and the location next to the loch is as lovely as the building itself.

There's also a sweet little cafe next door, which is very quirky inside, where we had delicious scones with clotted cream and jam, and a warm welcome.

We were lucky enough to squeeze into the last parking space outside - there are only a few - but there is also a layby opposite with a couple more. You could easily drive past and not realise it is worth a visit; we would definitely recommend.
Written April 20, 2022
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Thank you for your strong recommendation. It is very easy to drive past but we have found from many visitors the joy of discovery is part of the experience!
Written June 6, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
This church is so breathtakingly beautiful and the story behind it makes it so much more special.
A son built this church for his mother as she couldn't reach the other church across the loch but unfortunately he died before it was finished.
It's architecture is stunning and the views across Loch awe are amazing.
It has to be one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited.
Written April 1, 2022
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Thank you for your review and describing St Conan's as breathtakingly beautiful. It is a lovely descrioption!
Written June 6, 2022
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sikth07
Glasgow, UK485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A really lovely place to visit - stunning scenery on the loch, free to roam around the building and enjoy the amazing artwork and history. We also enjoyed some home baking from the tea room beside the church. Definitely worth making the trip.
Written July 31, 2021
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Thank you for your review. The lochside views are stunning. We have recently (November 2021) removed 2 large non-native trees and opened the view from the south and east of the Kirk, including the originals view to Kilchurn castle.
Written November 10, 2021
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Debra M
Edinburgh, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 9, 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 November 10, 2021
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