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About Kildonan

The name Kildonan is derived from St. Donan, a 6th century disciple of St. Columba. St. Donan is said to be buried beside the mill wheel on Kildonan Farm, where there is also the foundation of a chapel.

Early life centered round Kildonan Castle, a square, four-storied keep. This was a Royal residence until 1405, when it was bestowed by King Robert on John Stewart of Ardgowan, later, in the 17th Century, it became part of the Hamilton estates. It is now a lonely ruin.

Amenities Include; Rocky shoreline, Beautiful beaches and birdsong, Historic Kildonan Castle ruins

Cottages in Kildonan

From £575

Ailsa Cottage, Auchenhew, Kildonan

Ailsa Cottage, Auchenhew, Kildonan, Isle of Arran Scotland, KA27 8SG,

Cottage

12 months ago

From £575

Cottage

12 months ago

From £945

Coillebheag, Kildonan

Coillebheag, Kildonan, Shore Road,Kildonan, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8SE

House

1 year ago

From £945

House

1 year ago

From £400

Creagenroin, Kildonan

Kildonan, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8PH,

House

3 years ago

From £400

House

3 years ago

From £800

Grianan Cottage, Kildonan

Grianan Cottage, Kildonan, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8SE, United Kingdom

Bungalow

3 years ago

From £800

Bungalow

3 years ago

From £695

Miodar-Mor, Kildonan

Miodar-Mor, Kildonan, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8SE

Bungalow

4 years ago

From £695

Bungalow

4 years ago

From £445

Pladda Cottage, Auchenhew, Kildonan

Pladda Cottage, Auchenhew, Kildonan, Isle of Arran , Scotland, KA27 8SG,

Cottage

2 years ago

From £445

Cottage

2 years ago

From £850

The Old Schoolhouse, Kildonan

The Old Schoolhouse, Kildonan, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8SE, United Kingdom

Villa

3 years ago

From £850

Villa

3 years ago

Things To Do In Kildonan

Blacks Cave Kildonan

Kildonan History

The village originated from the small clachans dotted round the district, the majority engaged in farming.

Religion had great influence in each community, and The Free Church was the first church to be built in Kildonan. The Kirk Session was judge and juror in the many cases which came before them, which ranged from distribution of money to the needy, neighbours squabbles and illegitimate births.

The present school was built in 1873, though the Church of Scotland Assembly had provided a school in 1828. Records show that in 1920 a total of 64 pupils attended the school, unfortunately these numbers declined and in 1968 the school closed. Kilmory pupils now attend Whiting Bay Primary School.

Kildonan Lighthouse

Kildonan Village

The essential Village Hall was build during the First World War as a reading room, and was extended later to become the Hall as it is today.

The rocky shoreline round this area was the scene of many shipwrecks. Until recently Kildonan was the only Coastguard Station on the island, this was closed in 1981 and the Coastguard Officer for the island is stationed in Lamlash. Up until 1946 smacks and puffers were coming in to Yellow Port with provisions, coal and building materials.

Driving into Kildonan is like slipping gently back in time. It has beautiful beaches and birdsong, you can sit on a sun warmed rock and watch the seals and time will just slip by…probably far too quickly!

Kildonan Map

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