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Skipness Castle

Skipness is a small village on the east coast of Kintyre in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

CalMac [1] runs a ferry service from Lochranza on the Isle of Arran to nearby Claonaig every 1¼ hours daily between March and October. Turn right when you get off the ferry.

By car[edit]

Take the A83 then the B8001 to Skipness. Or take the B842 then the B8001 if you are coming from the south and east of Kintyre, as it's a much more scenic route than the A83.

By bus[edit]

The West Coast Motors 448 bus runs from Lochgilphead and/or Tarbert to Skipness via Kennacraig (for Islay) and Claonaig three times a day Monday to Saturday. Check timetables on the West Coast Motors website [2].

Get around[edit]

Skipness is a small village, and it is easy to get about by walking.


  • Skipness Castle and Chapel - owned by Historic Scotland. Free to get in.
  • Great views of Arran!


Relax, go for a walk and enjoy the view!


  • The Seafood Cabin - open from May to September. Excellent food, but very pricey! A seafood platter costs £17.50, but it is well worth it! Open from 11am to 7pm and closed on Saturdays.
  • Skipness Village Stores - also offers sandwiches, tea, coffee and homebaking. Closed Tuesday afternoons and Sundays.


Skipness Seafood Cabin is licensed and is very reasonably priced.


Just wildcamp just off the Skipness - Claonaig road. Nobody minds (at least for a night), and besides, it's free.

Get out[edit]

Tarbert (Loch Fyne) and Campbeltown are good day trips from Skipness. Or even better, Arran, of course!

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