|[Kilmun Church & Argyll Mausoleum]|
On the face of it, Historic Kilmun is simply an attractive parish church above the Holy Loch on the Cowal Peninsula. But (by little-visited Cowal's standards) this should be a fairly major tourist attraction. Why? The local area's Christian roots go all the way back to the 7th century, when one of western Scotland's earliest Christian communities was formed here by the Irishman (and later Saint) Fintán Munnu. By the 1400s, the site had also become the Collegiate Church of the Campbell Clan: several of the clan (who later became the Earls and Dukes of Argyll) are buried here in a cavernous mausoleum. The original church is no more, but the depth of history here is tangible, enhanced by an excellent visitor setup which has clearly had a lot of money poured into it over recent years. A couple of other things worth mentioning: the stained glass windows are truly stunning, and the recently restored organ is one of the only water-powered organs in the UK.
|[The church has several beautiful stained glass windows]|
📌 Historic Kilmun ★★★☆☆
Location: Northwest end of Kilmun village, G.R.: NS 166821 ///fashion.romance.interests
Open (2018): Thursday to Saturday, early April to October; by arrangement outwith these times
Cost (2018): £3 (adults), free for children