This is a church that we nearly missed, in 2013, which would have been great shame. We had actually passed the side of the church and we were on a single track going up into the hills. We had travel quite a distance and found oursleves way up high, but as it was nearing lunch time, we realised that there was just countryside as far as the eye could see, but nowhere that would provide us with substance. So after taking a couple of photos, we turned back and headed back down, then I saw the church. Luckily husband stopped to look at the map, so I had a quick look in the church, Kilmelford Church stands on rising ground to the west of the main A816 coast road as it passes through the small village of Kilmelford, some 14 miles south of Oban.
The Church as you see it today dates back to a major refurbishment in 1890 of a church which had been largely rebuilt in 1785, but could be on the foundations of an older church. The very first church on this site was dedicated to the wonderfully named saint, St Maelrubha, and appears to have been built around 1400. There is a nice relic of an older church, a stone cross, which is one of the first things you see when entering the church. It is said to be of some age, but what that age is, is a anyones guess. I like to think it dates from the very first church round 1400. It has a broken shaft and is well worn, but has a feeling of ancientness, if anyone can understand what I mean…….sometimes you just feel the age of something. This is a delightful small church and I was so pleased that I had a chance to explore it.
The large stone cross monument in the churchyard marks the traditional burial place of the Campbells of Melfort.