Ruins of a middle ages chapel

Straad PA20


Ruins of a chapel originally built in the 6th or 7th century atop a pagan burial ground sitting on a narrow peninsula that can be cut off during exceptional tides. Archaeologically surveyed in the 1950s, a number of neolithic artefacts were discovered and dated including blades and arrow heads.

Today the remains are not substantial, but there are plenty of clues remaining as to the site's origins.

To gain access, take the turning for Straad by following signs for Calums Cabin from the A844. After a short while there's a hard right turn onto what looks like a bumpy potholed track. Take care over the rough ground - a very small car may struggle - for about half a mile to the beach where there is parking for several cars. Then it's a half-mile walk across the beach at low tide, or anti-clockwise around the bay over stony and rough ground. Watch out for the sheep - dogs should really be kept on a lead.

Key Services / Products

NOT Accessible

St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin) is NOT wheelchair accessible. Please consider this before planning a visit if this is a concern.

Location of St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin)



St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin) does not have a car park, however there is usually plenty of free on-street parking in the vicinity.

Recommendations for St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin)

BRAWbased on 1 review

Not a lot to see but a magical location

There's not much left of the chapel remains but it is still a very special place to visit if only because of the sheer beauty of the surroundings.

Leave a recommendation for St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin) Now!

See Also...

See details for Balnakailly Bunker Decoy Village instead

Balnakailly Bunker Decoy Village

Operation Starfish WWII decoy bunker

See details for Bute Museum and Natural History Society instead

Bute Museum and Natural History Society

Independently run natural and historical museum of Bute

See details for Bute School of Art (Ruth Slater) instead

Bute School of Art (Ruth Slater)

Tranquil and inspiring studio for the teaching of art classes for adults

See details for Ettrick Bay Bird Hide instead

Ettrick Bay Bird Hide

Bird hide overlooking large sandy bay and adjacent farmland

See details for Kelspoke Castle instead

Kelspoke Castle

Ruined castle overlooking Kilchattan Bay

See details for Kilmichael Chambered Cairn instead

Kilmichael Chambered Cairn

Ruins of a chambered Neolithic cairn

See details for Kirk Dam Bird Hide instead

Kirk Dam Bird Hide

Bird hide overlooking freshwater loch with extensive reed beds

See details for Loch Quien Bird Hide instead

Loch Quien Bird Hide

Bird hide overlooking freshwater loch, woodlands and farm land

See details for Miru Astrology & I Ching instead

Miru Astrology & I Ching

Psychological Astrologer, I Ching and Reiki practitioner

See details for St Blane's Church (Ruin) instead

St Blane's Church (Ruin)

Extensive ruins of a 12th century Romanesque church with far reaching views

See details for St Colmac Church (Ruin) instead

St Colmac Church (Ruin)

At-risk gothic church in partial ruin

See details for Triple Aspect Puppet Company instead

Triple Aspect Puppet Company

Puppeteers workshop and classroom space

What's New on Bute?

The information presented here is collected from the public domain or has been provided by previous customers, users of or visitors to St Ninian's Chapel (Ruin). It is presented in good faith but is not warranted to be complete or free from errors. E&OE.