History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The association with St Brandon is probably dubious, but this has not stopped Kilpatrick from being a destination for modern pilgrimages.
At Kilpatrick there are two obvious enclosures; a large 'cashel', which is more likely to be a Celtic homestead, enclosing an area of over 2 acres. Within the cashel wall is a smaller enclosure measuring about 50 feet in diameter. This 'dun' is set within a thick stone wall stretching from 3.7m to 4.6m thick. Inside the dun wall is at least one chamber.
Given the variety of walls on the site, it seems clear that Kilpatrick was occupied for a long time, from at least the Romano-British period well into the late medieval era. Outside the large enclosing wall are four smaller hut circles, plus several boulders that seem to make an alignment pattern. Archaeological investigation suggests an ancient field pattern, but evidence for this is almost non-existent on the ground.
There is a small signposted path and parking area just off the A841. A half-mile-long trail leads to the dun. Good footwear is advisable.
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About Kilpatrick Dun
Address: Arran, Blackwaterfoot, Arran, Ayrshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: One mile south of Blackwaterfoot, off the A841 coastal road
Website: Kilpatrick Dun
Kilpatrick Dun Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Accommodation to Kilpatrick Dun:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Kilpatrick Dun. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.