Argyll and the Isles Sights

Kildalton Cross

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Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

About 8 miles northeast of Port Ellen is one of the highlights of Scotland's Celtic heritage. After passing through a pleasantly rolling, partly wooded landscape, take a narrow road (it's signposted "Kildalton Cross") from Ardbeg. This leads to a ruined chapel with surrounding kirkyard, in which stands the finest carved cross anywhere in Scotland: the 8th-century Kildalton Cross. Carved from a single slab of epidiorite rock, the ringed cross is encrusted on both sides with elaborate designs in the style of the Iona school. The surrounding grave slabs date as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. Recently a table with tea and biscuits has appeared here, with an honor box—for the visitor: a charming touch.

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Port Ellen, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Published 05/04/2017


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