Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century West Highland grave slabs
The most influential missionary was St Kevin, an Irish saint and abbot of Glendalough in County Wicklow, Ireland until his death in AD 618.
The carving is simply magnificent, though quite worn by weathering. One slab shows a figure of a knight in relief, his hand grasping a sword. Others show simply a sword, surrounded by ornate interlace patterns. One slab shows a very small figure of a monk or priest, wearing a cowled robe, set within an ogeed arch and surrounded by ornate foliage patterns. A large slab shows the figure of a monk in high relief, his hands clasped in prayer. One upright grave stone is carved with a skull and crossbones; not a symbol of piracy but of mortality.
My warfare's oe'r,
My bark is moored,
And here in hope I lie
Till Christ command
Me to set sail,
And meet him in the skye
An 18th century burial enclosure has been erected against the south wall.
The Chapel is an open site. It can be reached up a farm track off the B843 at Trodigal Cottage, about 1km east of Machrihanish. This really is a fascinating site, with a real sense of antiquity. The old grave slabs are remarkably well-preserved considering that they stand in the open. I really loved the medieval knight figure, grasping his sword hilt. The West Highland style of carving is so vivid that it seems the figure is about to come to life.
About Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard
Address: Trodigal, Machrinhanish, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA28 6PT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the B843 just east of Machrihanish at Trodigal. The nearest postcode (for Trodigal Cottage) is PA28 6PT. Follow the farm track south, up the hill from Trodigal Cottage. The chapel is easily visible from the road.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard. '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.
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Tel: 01586 552 056