Kilchoman Church, on the Isle of Islay, is not a pretty ruin, compared to some of the medieval ones that I have posted about. But it sort of compels you, to stop and have a look. We had just left Kilcoman Distillery in May 2016, and were a little short of time, so I was allow a quick photo shot….unfortunately I knew nothing about the church, and had only noticed its outline on the hill as we were passing. Its not so much the church that you would come to see, but the two Kilchoman Crosses and I missed them, also a very nice grave slab. In one of the photos you can just see one of the crosses peeking out from the back of the church. But not all is lost, as we are going back to Islay in May, so hopefully now I know they are there, I can take some photos.
The church was built in 1817, when the population of the island was much larger than today. The ruins replaced a medieval church, thought to have been built in the 1300’s and which served a large parish. This medieval church was deemed to be unsafe in 1824 and was replaced with the present one you see today. Unfornunely the population has dwindled and many people who live on the island, now live in main settlements rather than rural areas.
If you look to the right of the photo, at the back corner of the church, you will see one of the crosses that I missed……. carved in a style known as the “Iona School” at some time in the 1300s or 1400s….. and I missed it, I still can’t believe I did.
There is nothing left of the medieval church, but the graveyard has plenty of evidences of its existence, which I will explore when I return, hopefully. But it was now time to be off to the next distillery, I couldn’t complain too much, as it was really husbands trip to see all the distilleries, so I was quite lucky he stopped for all of the times that asked him to……and that was lots 🙂