Nerabus Chapel and Carved Stones, Islay
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century grave slab of a MacKay of the Rinns
The Marigiold StoneOne of the most interesting carvings is a small section of a tapered slab carved with a circular pattern like a sunburst, with 16 radiating rays separated by grooves. According to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) this may be a marigold symbol. Such symbols are frequently found in Ireland and most often dated to the 7th century. To be honest I'd be very surprised if the carving was that old. It looks very much more like a late medieval carving.
Taken together the medieval slabs are a fascinating example of medieval workmanship, and it is so much more rewarding to see them displayed inside the medieval chapel than in a museum.
The chapel site was traditionally owned by Clan Donald, but is now in the care of the Finlaggan Trust. The chapel site is tucked away off the main road to Portnahaven, and doesn't seem to be mentioned in many guides to Islay. That's a shame, as I really enjoyed my visit, and found the collection of stones well worth investigating.
Because Islay is an island the 'nearest accommodation' properties listed below may not be on Islay itself but on the Scottish mainland. The best source we have found for accommodation on the island is Isle of Islay.com, a dedicated local website offering a wonderful mix of local information, history, activities, and accommodation information.
About Nerabus Chapel and Carved Stones
Address: Nerabus, Port Charlotte, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the A847 south west of Port Charlotte. Open access.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Cultoon Stone Circle - 2.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Museum of Islay Life - 2.9 miles (Museum)
Kilchiaran Chapel and Cup Stone - 3.5 miles (Historic Church)
Kilchoman Crosses and Old Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Bowmore Round Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church)
Loch Gruinart RSPB Nature Reserve - 8.3 miles (Countryside)
American Monument - 8.7 miles (Historic Building)
Cragabus Chambered Cairn - 8.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Nerabus Chapel and Carved Stones:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Nerabus Chapel and Carved Stones. '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.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Bowmore (Isle of Islay)
Tourist Information Centre
Isle of Islay
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