Places for Pilgrims

Here are some some of the sites (and sights) which might be of interest to a pilgrim – places rooted in the early church in Cowal. These include churches and chapels, holy wells and carved stones. Click on any name in the list below to find out more.

Many of the places of interest to the Cowal pilgrim lie on an eighty-mile circuit around the peninsula, with other places lying off on 'tempting tangents'.

Many of the places of interest to the Cowal pilgrim lie on an eighty-mile circuit around the peninsula, with other places lying off on ‘tempting tangents’.

This map will show you where most of these places are in relation to each other.  It also offers a suggested circuit, which takes in many of the main sites and some of the minor ones, and also offers ‘tempting tangents’ which encourage you to break out of the circuit and explore more widely.

 

 

T H E   P R I N C I P A L   S I T E S – M E D I E V A L   C H U R C H E S

Kilmun [medieval church, early carved stones, archaeology, visitor centre]

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Kilfinan [church on early medieval site, carved stones]

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Kilmodan [church on medieval site, carved stones, holy well on the nearby hill]

Kilmodan in Snow


Kilmorie (Strathlachlan) [former parish church, medieval tall cross, possible holy well, Maclachlan Mausoleum]

Kilmorie, the old church of Strathlachlan

Kilmorie, the old church of Strathlachlan


Kilmaglash (Strachur) [church on medieval site, carved stones]

Kilmaglash in Winter


Lochgoilhead [church on medieval site with early carved stones]

The parish kirk of Lochgoilhead, on the site of its medieval predecessor.

The parish kirk of Lochgoilhead, on the site of its medieval predecessor.


Inverchaolain [church close to medieval site, museum]

Inverchaolain Church, built 1812 on the site of its eighteenth-century predecessor.

Inverchaolain Church, built 1812 on the site of its eighteenth-century predecessor.

 


O T H E R   S I T E S

Auchnaha Cairn [neolithic cairn (5,000 years old) with early Christian carving]


Ardnadam Chapel [the footings of a very early chapel, early Christian burials]

The footings of the chapel at Ardnadam.

The footings of the chapel at Ardnadam.


Ardtaraig Chapel [ruined chapel and cross-slab]

An early cross-carved slab at Ardtaraig, broken and repaired.

An early cross-carved slab at Ardtaraig, broken and repaired.


Fearnoch Chapel [ruined chapel on hillside]

The remains of Fearnoch Chapel in its little enclosure, the land falling away into the woods below.

The remains of Fearnoch Chapel in its little enclosure, the land falling away into the woods below.


Kilbride Chapel, Kilfinan Parish [early Christian ruined chapel within a cashel on a coastal hillside]

The ruined walls of Kilbride Chapel are nearly obscured by bracken and turf.

The ruined walls of Kilbride Chapel are nearly obscured by bracken and turf.


Kilmorich Churchyard [site of former medieval parish church]

A handful of gravestones remain in the medieval churchyard of Kilmorich, surrounded by its enclosure wall.

A handful of gravestones remain in the medieval churchyard of Kilmorich, surrounded by its enclosure wall.


Stillaig Chapel [slight ruins of chapel]

The turf-covered foundations of the Stillaig chapel and the enclosure wall.

The turf-covered foundations of the Stillaig chapel and the enclosure wall.


Carrick Castle [medieval castle containing chapel]

Carrick Castle stands as a brooding presence on the shore of Loch Goil.

Carrick Castle stands as a brooding presence on the shore of Loch Goil.

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