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Kildalton High Cross and Old Parish Church

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Linger long enough to let this tranquil place have a lasting touch.

This location is also reviewed under Port Ellen: Kildalton Cross. Not too far from the Ardbeg... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio
A place to go when you are already off the beaten path.

Step 1300 years into the past. The Kildaton High Cross sits in a beautiful emerald sward. The... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2018
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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  • Poor0%
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“short detour”(3 reviews)
“tranquil spot”(2 reviews)
“cakes”(5 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Kildalton Parish, Port Ellen, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is nice to see, but be prepared that it is quite out of the way from many other sights on the island. We enjoyed seeing lots of sheep up close, seeing the figures carved on the gravestones, and the cross itself.

Thank glkenny
Reviewed 7 June 2018

This location is also reviewed under Port Ellen: Kildalton Cross. Not too far from the Ardbeg distillery on Islay, the road is single track, potholed, and just beautiful with the ocean alongside and arching trees to drive through. It opens up to this expansive countryside...More

Thank RangerDanger78
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Step 1300 years into the past. The Kildaton High Cross sits in a beautiful emerald sward. The ruins of the parish church a few tombstones of varied years and carvings are worth the time for closer examination. Climb surrounding hills for lovely views. Wonderful for...More

Thank RickNorton
Reviewed 18 October 2017

The Kildalton cross is reported to be the one of the best examples of a Celtic cross and this standing icon does not disappoint. There is almost an eeriness to the silence of the church ruins and grave slabs, many of which are still readable...More

Thank 1953MACAOIDH
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Lovely drive up to a secluded church and old Celtic cross, The scenery is lovely an a great photo opportunity

Thank John-Cypress-Tx
Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is a special place. Many people will visit the distillery and not make the time to visit this spiritual gem - please visit the poorly publicised military cemetery on the right as you approach the Church.

Thank George647
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Interesting old church and cross to meander around for an hour. Nice scenic views. A picnic with donation box on a picnic table is also up there with very nice cakes

Thank David H
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Amazingly there were cakes and coffee, and an honesty box, provided presumably by the local farmer. Good information about the history of the cross - and the fact that there is a copy in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Thank David S
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Next to another site to visit Kildalton Cross, help youself to a coffee and cake left by a local, leave a donation.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Well worth a visit. The cross is amongst the finest 'preaching crosses' still standing anywhere in Britain while the church houses beautiful examples of the Iona School of tomb carving.

Thank Steve R
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