Clachan Church Grave Slabs
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Grave slabs of Clan McAllister chiefs
The church was built around 1760 to replace an earlier building. Fragments of stones on the site suggest a very early Christian church, possibly dedicated to Columbanus, a disciple of St Columba.
The importance of Clachan is emphasised by a number of very worn early medieval grave slabs in the churchyard. The best of these have been gathered together under a lean-to in one corner of the churchyard to protect them from the weather.
Many of the grave slabs are thought to commemorate the chiefs of Clan McAllister. Against the churchyard wall is an unusual carved stone with a Latin cross beneath a ring cross, both joined to a common stem.
Balinakill House, near the church, was the home of Coll McAlester, who in 1739 led a group of settlers to Cross Creek in North Carolina.
On Dunskeig hill, outside the village, are a series of 3 hill forts, one of which is vitrified.
About Clachan Church Grave Slabs
Address: Clachan, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA29 6YP
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: The grave slabs are in the graveyard of Clachan church, just off the A83 in Clachan village
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Kilberry Sculptured Stones - 6.1 miles (Museum)
Avinagillan Standing Stone - 8.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Skipness Castle - 8.9 miles (Castle)
Beacharr Standing Stone - 9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Tarbert Castle - 10.1 miles (Castle)
Lochranza Castle - 10.9 miles (Castle)
Carradale Network Heritage Centre - 11.3 miles (Museum)
Kilmory Knap Chapel - 12.5 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Clachan Church Grave Slabs:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Clachan Church Grave Slabs. '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.