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Kilchoman Church
After Kilnave Chapel at Loch Gruinart, my dad and I made our way west. Pretty much at the end of the road was Kilchoman Churchyard. The church is derelict, with the windows bricked up and the roof fallen in.

It was built in the mid-1800's, and closed in 1974, when the population of the local area had dropped to almost nothing.

There had been a church on the site for centuries. The old one was torn down to make way for this one, and many stones from that era exist. We didn't see many of them, unfortunately, as they weren't marked as such. Many of them are all but illegible, anyway. One very old work is an eight-foot cross.

Kilchoman Cross (click to embiggen)
This cross dates to the 1300's or 1400's. It wasn't until last night, when I did a little research on the place, that I discovered I never looked at the back. The front has this intricate Celtic scrollwork, but the back also has Christ on the cross, saints, angels, a horseman, people and an inscription in Latin! You can see it *here*. This big cross was erected as a memorial. There is another cross a little ways out from the churchyard, that is much older, but we didn't know it was there. That cross is assumed to mark a place of sanctuary.



Burying Place
Burying Place...

Mind the gap(s)

whose grave?
Whose grave?

Kilchoman Churchyard

skulls & bones
skulls & bones

Kilchoman Cross

Kilchoman Churchyard

Arch. Whyte. Notice the missing section.

Bell Torrie
Bell Torrie

Kilchoman Church, interior
There was a way inside. From photos online, It appears that in the early 2000's the church had most of its roof boards intact. In the late 2000's, it had only most of its beams intact.

If you look closely, you can see the roof slates carefully stacked. Why would they have removed the slates, and left the wood exposed to the elements? My guess is that they wanted to sell or reuse the slates and/or the beams (there's not that much lumber on the island, but the plan fell through.

Looking east.


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annabal_lecter From: annabal_lecter Date: February 5th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely mind-blowing. Thank you so much for sharing.
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 5th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for looking!
gwyn_r From: gwyn_r Date: February 5th, 2014 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's amazing, and kind of sad, really, that it's become so derelict and there's no one there to take care of things. Places like that are so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time.
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
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low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
From: memnet Date: February 5th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice job on the pics and a very interesting place; thanks for posting them.
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
tripleransom From: tripleransom Date: February 5th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! What a lovely, lonely place. Thank you for the photos.
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're enjoying them.
galahadthea From: galahadthea Date: February 5th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
looks amazing!
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd think we would have gotten tired of always stopping at these old churchyards. We didn't. :-)
angel_gayla From: angel_gayla Date: February 6th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous! The Celtic cross is magnificent.
low_delta From: low_delta Date: February 6th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
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