Kirkmadrine Stones

Dumfries & Galloway | Sandhead | Sculptured stones | ★★

[Kirkmadrine Church - stones in the porch at the front]

The most interesting parts of the Rhins of Galloway are around its 50 mile coastline, but it's worth turning inland for a quick look at the Kirkmadrine Stones: one of Historic Scotland's more minor sites, housed in the annexe of a remote 19th century church. The 8 sculptured Christian stones date to various periods between the 6th and 12th centuries, with carvings making reference to bible passages, priests and burials. The three earliest stones (imaginatively known as Kirkmadrine 1, 2 and 3) are amongst the oldest Christian sculptured stones ever found in Scotland. The protective glass in front of the stones reflects sunlight, making it difficult to take photos... so go and visit for yourself.

[Church and memorial to John McTaggart]

Location & info

📌 Kirkmadrine Stones ★★
Off minor road 2 mi southwest of Sandhead, G.R.: NX 080484 ///shirt.hero.costumed
Always viewable | Free

💬 Space for a few cars at G.R.: NX 080481 ///buzzards.motion.liked - the stones are a 5-min walk north along a level track.

[Kirkmadrine 3 reads "INITIVM ET FINIS" - a reference to the Book of Revelation]


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