Kilbrannan Chapel

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St Brendan's Chapel


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St Brendan's Chapel
Type: Chapel
Grid reference: NR91035754
Location: 55°45’57"N, 5°19’58"W
Condition: Roofless ruin
Owned by: Historic Scotland

St Brendan's Chapel, also known as Kilbrannan Chapel, and Skipness Chapel, is a mediæval chapel whose remains stand near Skipness on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula of Argyllshire.[1]

The chapel appears to have been built in the late 13th or early 14th century and was dedicated to St Brendan. The chapel replaced an earlier chapel dedicated to St. Columba at nearby Skipness Castle. There is reason to suspect that the introduction of St Brendan's cult at Skipness was carried out by the Stewarts, after their acquisition of the Clann Suibhne lordship in the mid thirteenth century. By the fourteenth century, St Brendan was closely associated with the Stewarts and their island of Bute, which lies opposite Skipness.

Coupled with nearby Skipness Castle, the chapel is designated a scheduled ancient monument.[2]


  1. CANMORE (RCAHMS) record of Kilbrannan Chapel
  2. Skipness Castle and Kilbrannan Chapel - scheduled monument detail (Historic Environment Scotland)