Just forty minutes drive from Carradale and the home from home comforts of Cuilidh, you’ll find Skipness Castle. To get there, drive up the B842 from Carradale and turn right at Claonaig toward the Calmac ferry crossing to Lochranza, Isle Of Arran. You’ll see signposts directing you to Skipness and there’s little chance of getting lost en route so enjoy the drive.
On the way there you’ll see informal lay-bys where campers stop for a night or two to soak in the glorious scenery. Further up you’ll come to the village of Skipness itself with a single general shop on the left facing a wonderful beach. You can even park on here and have a picnic!
What’s at Skipness Castle?
Taken from Historic Environment Scotland:
Skipness Castle dates to the early 1200s and was probably built by either Clan MacSween founder Suibhne (Sven) ‘the Red’, or his son, Dugald.
It was rebuilt several times over three different centuries, and as such it offers a snapshot of the variation in form of Scottish castle architecture between the 1200s and 1500s.
Entry is free. The building itself has a couple of rooms you can go into and explore. There’s also a tower you can climb with bannisters as this is quite a good example of a hall house. The tower leads you on to the castle roof which feels a little precarious as the wall is little over waist high, so be careful! The views from the top are absolutely magnificent though, you can see the Isle of Arran and of course back toward Claonaig with the rest of the Kintyre peninsula stretching out into the distance. You will also see the chapel you can visit nearby, this is dedicated to St. Columba.
When in the season you can visit the Seafood Cabin. This glorious eatery has the finest locally caught seafood produce you will likely sample. With items on the seafood platter such as oysters, langoustine, queen scallops, brown and white crab meat, smoked salmon, hot-smoked salmon, poached salmon, gravadlax and mussels, there’s sure to be something there for everyone. Place your order, grab an order number for your table and soak in the view while your food is prepared and brought to you.
Also nearby is the Creelers Skipness Smokehouse. In here you can purchase souvenirs, other local foodstuff and also watch the smoking process! We popped in and bought some delicious cold smoked salmon pate to go with a fresh French Bread that we planned on eating at the beach later.
Free parking is available both at the castle and at the Seafood Cabin.