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“Hidden Gem. Perfect Solitude”
Review of St Blane's Chapel

St Blane's Chapel
Ranked #6 of 16 things to do in Rothesay
Certificate of Excellence
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Larbert, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem. Perfect Solitude”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Hidden 2 miles down a single track road and beyond two farms, almost at the very southern tip of the Isle of Bute lies this place of peace, calm and solitude. It's worth every minute of the bouncy trek down the wee road and the 10 minute walk up the clear path to the ruins.
Parts of the church date back to the 6th century, but some of it is as late as 1896. Makes you wonder how this place began abandonned so quickly after standing for so long.

There are views over towards, the Firth of Clyde, Arran and a wee hill to the south east and in the warm sunshine, you could just sit on the lone bench all day recharging your batteries and enjoying this wee corner of Bonny Scotland. It's hard to imagine this was once the capital of Bute!

There are plenty of information signs to describe what the parts of church were used for and the path up to the site is very good, but maybe a little steep for those with mobilty issues.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“well of the beaten track”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

worth the walk from the carpark, this historical gem offers lovely views and quiet solitude. and respite from the wind!

Visited March 2014
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Dunoon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“My recharge point”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I go to St Blane's regularly. It holds a lot of memories - rolling eggs early on Easter morning, walks with friends, quiet time spent alone.

If you have your own transport, it's a short but steep walk from the roadside. If you are relying on public transport, or just feeling more energetic, it makes a lovely walk from Kilchattan Bay via Garrochhead Lighthouse and Glencallum Bay on the West Island Way (for map of route pick up a guide from The Discovery Centre in Rothesay)

The ruins of St Blane's Chapel are nestled in a little dip between the hills, with stunning views of the Firth of Clyde and Isle of Arran. Once you get up there you seem to step away from the world for a wee spell. There's a lot of information on the guide signs, but it's well worth spending some time just sitting and pondering.

To be honest.... I had second thoughts about writing this review. It's a wee gem of a place..... and I'm not sure I want TOO many people to find it :)

Visited August 2013
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Isle of Bute, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Just stunning. Spiritual place”
Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Worth the steep walk. Not suitable for those who have difficulty with mobility. If you're unfit, just take your time. Sheep run around as you take in this peaceful spiritual ruin. Picnic place too.
Stunning views too. No cost involved but you will need transport to get here.

Visited July 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Tranquil, peaceful, great scenery, magical”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

A short steep walk from the end of the road that leads there (on far south end of isle) the chapel ruins are a wonderful place to go visit. You will have to trek up a small path and then walk up a grassy hill but worth the time if you like to see old ruins and find out a little more on the ancient history of this area. Once you get up here its like you are transported to another time & place as you can't see anything "new" when you are up here. The scenery is fantastic, the place is so tranquil and quiet (minus the cows that mull about! :) Lots of wonderful pictures to take.

Visited October 2013
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