Kilmelford Church, West of Loch Awe, Scotland

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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.

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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.

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The large stone cross monument in the churchyard marks the traditional burial place of the Campbells of Melfort.

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16 comments

  1. The inside was a surprise. It looks like they have a community that really cares about the church. It’s in wonderful condition. That stone cross looks really ancient. I’ve had that feeling when visiting American Indian ruins in the western US. In the desert things remain unchanged for a very long time. It can be a little unsettling. Love the view!

    1. Oh I would love to see something like that, such a beautiful large country with so many beautiful things to see, oh well I will have to google and have a look 🙂 And yes the church had a lovely feeling of being cared for 🙂

      1. LOL! And here I am thinking how lucky you are to live in a small country where everything is so close! Why are we never happy with what we have? 🙂

      2. You’re right, always a new frontier to explore. And I’m certainly no stranger to curiosity. 🙂

      3. Although we have always lived in England, we have lived in a lot of different counties and they can be as different as living in different countries. I love moving and exploring different surroundings 🙂

      4. I used to do that! Not in a different country, though. I’m not able to get around so well anymore, so I do my traveling on the web. 🙂

      5. I’m slowing down, but think theres one more move yet 🙂 But your right about the web, there are some wonderful places out there and its a great way to explore 🙂

  2. Yes, that cross in the interior looks ancient. Interesting what Pat said re native American ruins, as I spent an hour last night looking at a TV programme re same . . . Crow Canyon, Utah Rock Art, etc! Fascinating stuff, especially the latter.

    1. Yes we did, it was a little building with a red door and they also sold cakes etc, but for the life of me I can’t remember where, it wasn’t too far from the church…..should have taken a photo 🙂

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