Eilean Mor: St Cormac's Chapel
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Also within the chancel is the shaft of an early medieval cross, which is said to stand at the west end of the grave of St Cormac (Carmaig, or Abban moccu Cormaic). This is described by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland as a 'slab-like ringed cross'. It stands 1.75 metres high but originally stretched to about 2.8 metres. Carved on one face are a pair of beak-head monsters, a rider, and a large monster holding a serpent.
The chapel is a small rectangular structure some 38 x 20 feet. After 1600 it was used as an inn, which accounts for the fireplaces at the west end. The building encloses an earlier structure about 13 x 10 feet which now forms the chancel.
To the south of the chapel are two standing crosses (one is a replica) and close by is a cave once used as an anchorite cell. On the walls of the cave are carved two 8th-century crosses, while close to the mouth of the cave is a second, small chapel.
Eilean Mor is part of the McCormaig group of islands that lie at the mouth of Loch Sween, in the Sound of Jura.
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About Eilean Mor: St Cormac's Chapel
Address: Kilmory, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On an islet off the coast of Knapdale. Open access, but you will need to arrange a boat from the mainland.
Website: Eilean Mor: St Cormac's Chapel
Photo Credit: Donald MacDonald, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Kilberry Sculptured Stones - 7.4 miles (Museum)
Avinagillan Standing Stone - 11.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Tarbert Castle - 13.1 miles (Castle)
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Nearest Accommodation to Eilean Mor: St Cormac's Chapel:
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