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“Simply Magical”
Review of St Blane's Chapel

St Blane's Chapel
Ranked #6 of 16 things to do in Rothesay
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

This has got to be one of the most magical places I have ever had the privilege to visit. The location seems to have its own micro-climate and the views are spectacular. A MUST visit location if you are on The Isle of Bute.

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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.

2  Thank ScottishLeaf
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

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

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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 :)

2  Thank TeenyMac
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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.

2  Thank craigguy
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