St Blane’s Chapel

This monastery lies about 2 miles from modern Kingarth in a beautifully peaceful rocky hollow with views out over the Sound of Bute towards Arran. A trip to the south end leads to the remains of the monastery of St Blane. The monastery was originally founded in the 6th century and was possibly the forerunner to the better known monastery of St Columba on Iona. An enclosure wall surrounds the monastic site of St Blane’s, inside of which stands a 12th century chapel with a romanesque chancel arch. St Blane’s was the parish church of Kingarth for many centuries.