Argyll’s Hidden Gem

IMPORTANT UPDATE: From 23rd October for approximately 3 weeks there will be NO or limited access to the kirk interior. We apologise for any inconvenience to visitors while we install interior lighting. Access to the kirk exterior and grounds will still be available.  If visiting during those dates please visit THIS PAGE for more info. 

Nestled on the banks of the stunning Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute, Saint Conan’s Kirk is one the most popular things to visit in Argyll.

The kirk attracts visitors from all over the world with its magical setting and easily reached location. From the road the Kirk gives few clues about the amazing architecture both inside and out. It is exceptional both in style and surroundings, with a strong sense of peace and inherent spirituality. Although one of the most popular visitor attractions in Argyll, the surprising size of the Kirk means that there are days when you can feel you have the place all to yourself.

Designed and built by Walter Douglas-Campbell, the Kirk is unique in having an example of almost every style of church architecture. Highlights include the Norman doorway, the Gothic flying buttresses, a Celtic cross, the Arts and Crafts carvings, the Saxon tower and even a Stone circle. There is a surprise at every turn!  In addition, Walter commissioned some of the finest craftsmen to help decorate the interior. On this website you can discover more about the Kirk’s history, the conservation challenges we face and the cultural events offered throughout the year.

We hope to welcome you to St Conan’s soon.

Destination Opening Hours
Summer (April to September) 9am – 6pm,  Winter (October to March) 9am – 5pm
(Note: The Kirk may closed for events, for more info visit See calendar for details
Tearoom Hours: 10.30 to 5pm Monday to Sunday (April to September). Reduced hours over winter. Check hours for details.

Entrance by Donation
Entrance is by donation which goes towards the restoration and upkeep of the Kirk. You can donate in the Kirk using cash. Suggested amount £3 per person.

Location in Argyll
Saint Conan’s Kirk is situated in the village of Lochawe, Argyll, on the A85 between Dalmally and Oban. More information is available on our Directions and Visit webpages.

Argyll Things to Do St Conan Map