Kilnaugkhton Chapel & Old Burial Ground, Isle of Islay, Scotland

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In May 2016 we visited Islay, a large island off the west coast of Scotland, we were suppose to return this year, 2017, but the ferry was cancelled due to bad weather.  Sorting through some photos, I have realised now, that I have some more Islay photo’s still to post and some of the Isle of Jura.  

When we went to photograph the lighthouse at Carraig Fhada, we passed a burial ground that looked interesting.  After the photo shot with the lighthouse, we came back and I explored this beautiful located ancient chapel and its burial ground.

Kilnaugkhton Chapel sits on the west side of Kilnaugkhton Bay and was most likely built in the 1400’s, there is now only a roofless structure.  As you approach the chapel from its south side it gives the impression of having very low surviving walls. This is the result of the exterior level in the burial ground being raised over the centuries, leaving this side of the chapel almost sunk into the surrounding churchyard.

There are many worn grave slabs and there is a ‘Warriors Grave’, a knight in full armour.  Unfortunately or not, the grass had not been cut and everywhere, the bluebells and primroses were in abundance, more than I have ever seen before, so the knight was well hidden.  


12 Replies to “Kilnaugkhton Chapel & Old Burial Ground, Isle of Islay, Scotland”

  1. This place would definitely require a lot of time looking at all the graves and monuments. Thanks for the great photos. Maybe in the future you should carry some grass clippers and a small broom. 🙂

    1. Actually……I have thought about carrying some small clippers, for the gravestones, sometimes I have pull at the grass which covers some of them 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them, it was lovely just strolling around the site, it was so beautiful 🙂

    1. Thank you, yes the weather was wonderful in 2016, and in 2017, well we don’t mention that holiday very much, 18 days and only 5 days of non rain… I say best not to mention it 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos, I really want to go! I love the islands, and seeing as I already often get stung on the ‘Highands and Islands’ extra delivery charge when I live in neither, I may as well move there!

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