Isle of Arran -
Kildonan is a village on the south coast of the Isle of Arran in
the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. The name Kildonan derives from Saint
Donan who is reputedly buried in the village. Early life in the
village revolved around Kildonan Castle (sometimes referred to as
Kildonan Tower). Once a royal seat, the castle passed hands between
various Scottish nobles, before latterly belonging to the Hamilton
family in 1544, by which time they were the Earls of Arran. The
Tower was later sacked and burnt by the Earl of Sussex around 1558.
Ruined remains of the building are still in existence.
The modern village originated from a few small buildings in the
district, with the majority of local people engaged in farming.
Overlooking the smaller islands of Pladda and Ailsa Craig in the far
distance, Kildonan is a small thriving community with a much used
and much loved village hall. There was a primary school in the
village, but numbers on the roll declined so much it was shut in
1968. The School Houses are now available as Holiday Rental
Cottages. Schoolchildren from the village now attend the primary
school in Whiting Bay, which is a few miles north, being ferried
there and back each day by bus.
Seal Shore Camping
Seabreeze keeps the midges away!
quiet family site personally run by owner Maurice Deighton and
Open from April 1st to October 31st 20% off in October.
From your pitch on our beautiful family site, beside our own private
beach, you will be afforded unsurpassed views - from our closest
neighbour, Pladda island with its lighthouse, to the coast of
Northern Ireland. In between, the Kintyre peninsula, the Ayrshire
coast and, most impressive of all, the volcanic plug of granite that
is Ailsa Craig.
for 2014 - two large camping pods have been added to the campsite.
Wildlife thrives here. Otters, gannets, porpoises, dolphins, basking
sharks and grey seals are regular visitors. Rockpools abound with a
myriad of aquatic animals. Red squirrels and red deer can be found
on the Island, golden eagles soar above the mountains.
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