St Conan's Kirk, Lochawe

St Conan's Kirk, Lochawe

Denomination: Ecumenical
OS Reference: NN116268
Address: St Conan’s Church, c/o Gatehouse, Lochawe , PA33 1AH

(Located by A85 Main Road in Lochawe Village)
Local Authority: Argyll & Bute
Listing: A


Church Overview

A labour of love by Walter Campbell of Innis Chonain. The nave and choir were built 1881-86 and the church was extended and embellished 1907-30. An astonishing building, rich in detail, mostly in Romanesque style, although Walter Campbell ‘did not allow himself to be trammelled by orthodoxy’. A show piece in Argyll which attracts 8,000 visitors a year. Overlooking Loch Awe in a place of great natural beauty. Popular for weddings.

1881-1886 Building Cruciform Church, a chapel of ease associated with the Church of Scotland. 1907-1930 additions of Cloister, Apse, Ambulatory, Library, South Aisle, Chapels of St Bride, St Conval and Bruce. Walter Campbell architect, engineer, surveyor and patron. Fine stained glass windows by amongst others Princess Louise, Louis Davies. Bust of Victoria by Princess Louise. Stone effigies of St Conan, Walter Campbell and the Bruce by Alexander Carrick. Fine ironwork gates by Thomas Hadden. Robert the Bruce effigy in alabaster and wood by Hubert Paton. 13th Century window openings in Cloister, 15th Century window in the Bruce Chapel, Fragments of Iona Abbey. Fine Clan stalls with armorial shields. Fine organ screen work by Walter Campbell. Eclectic building styles including Pagan, Celtic, Celtic revival, Norman, Romanesque, Saxon and Gothic.


Church of Scotland worship: 11.00am on 1st Sunday of the month

Opening Arrangements

Open daily normally 8am to 6pm but closes earlier during darker months i.e. dusk

Guide book available Access for partially abled   no toilets

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St Conan's Kirk, Lochawe


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