St Dubhthach's Church

Highland | Shiel Bridge | Church | ★★

[St Dubhthach's Church]

St Dubhthach's Church is the (ruined) former parish church of Kintail, dedicated to a fairly obscure, 11th century saint. In the aftermath of the 1719 battle of Glenshiel it was used as a hospital to tend to wounded Jacobites, soon leading to its retaliatory burning by Government troops. The building was later repaired and its life as a parish church continued, probably until being superseded in 1856 by a more modern church at Inverinate. Anyway, St Dubhthach's is worth visiting for its setting alone - on the side of a low mound at the head of Loch Duich. A short, steep path climbs to the top of the mound which is adorned with the Macrae War Memorial, depicting a solemn Highland soldier.

[Loch Duich from the war memorial]

Location & info

📌 St Dubhthach's Church ★★
Off minor road just east of A87 junction, 2 mi north of Shiel Bridge, G.R.: NG 946210 ///prices.faster.cabbies.
Always open | Free

💬 From the layby at G.R.: NG 946212 /// it's a 2-min walk to the church along a good track. A clear path leads up to the war memorial and viewpoint.

[Church and cemetery from the war memorial]

[War memorial]

[Inside the church]

[Church and war memorial from the lower slopes of Sgùrr nan Airgid]


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