St Blane's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Inside the main area is a large circular enclosure, 10 metres across, within massive walls up to 2.5 metres thick. This enclosure is known as The Cauldron, and may actually be the remains of a dwelling that was here before St Blane arrived. At the foot of the cliff nearby is St Blane's Well, which served the monastery and was later a place of some reverence for pilgrims.
On a rise of ground at the centre of the main enclosure is the roofless 12th-century church, a simple structure with a nave and chancel, but boasting some wonderful Romanesque carvings around the door and window openings. Next to the church is an oval burial ground. This is linked by steps to a lower churchyard, which may have been reserved for women. There are numerous early medieval gravestones within the churchyard, and beside the church is a lovely old hogback tomb in traditional Viking style.
In 1863 a hoard of 12th-century gold coins was found about 350 metres from the church. With the coins were several gold ornaments of the same period.
St Blane's is a special place; the sense of age and history permeates the air, and it is hard to visit and come away unmoved.
We've mentioned the hill-fort at nearby Dunagoil, but also on the road to St Blane's are several groups of standing stones at Blackpark and St Ninian's.
About St Blane's Church
Address: Kingarth, Bute, Bute, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the south end of the Isle of Bute, on the minor road south of Kingarth
Website: St Blane's Church
St Blane's Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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