Lots of old burial grounds in Scotland, in fact tons of them. Most are in wonderful locations and always seemed to comprise of an ancient ruin of a church or two. This one, is near to one of our favourite places, Appin, of Castle Stalker fame. In 2013 I had been taking photos of the castle again…..it seems to happen on every visit…..not sure what I am trying to capture, suppose I will know when I have 🙂 anyway I had finished, and we were driving away, when I noticed the gravestones. Stopping the car again, my husband has the patience of a saint, I jumped out quickly to explore.
It is a lovely mellow cemetery, with the old parish church of Appin, a roofless ruin. Built in 1749, the church superseded an earlier building dating from around 1641, which most probably stood on the site of an earlier chapel. The most interesting feature is the arch which contains the Stewart of Appin headstone. This stone formerly stood over the Stewart of Appin grave at Culloden and commemorates those of the clan who fell in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. If you look closely at the monument where the iron fencing is situated, you will just make out the large boulder on the ground, this is the headstone.