Kildalton Cross
Kildalton Cross
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  • Francois T
    Johannesburg, South Africa1,238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we did it
    We visited as part of a day tour and our guide Dougie from Islay Private Tours was absolutely phenomenal with the information and history. Without the background and stories from the guide it would have been a very average visit. Would recommend a visit with a guide or having all the information already.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Alexander Woywodt
    Lancaster, United Kingdom342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it
    We visited this on our last morning on Islay. This is a bit out of the way beyong Laphroig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Beautiful cross and wonderful medieval graves. Also stunning stone work in the chapel showing a medieval warrior. Well worth the visit. Could do with some more information boards
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Laurence d
    Sunderland, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient monument in glorious setting
    A quiet walled ruined chapel with gravestones, some ancient, and a beautiful celtic cross with engravings on it. a history of the site is on a notice board, well worth the drive to seeit. it was about 5 or 6 miles from start of 3 distilleries walk so we decided to use the car but would have been ok by bike
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Part of ancient history you can sense the celts all around you as you wander through the ruins of the isolated church. The monolithic cross which dates back to the 8th century is one of the best preserved in Scotland and the cross itself is worth a careful study. If you have time and the weather is kind to you a wander around the area is worthwhile.
Written November 29, 2020
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Barbara Z
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One of the many high lights of a full day tour of the Isle of Islay with Colin, owner and tour master of Attic Cabs. Living on Islay for many years has given Colin knowledge of the distileries, but also historic riches like the Kildalton Church & Cross, the East Tower, and Dunyvaig Castle. Kidalton Church, churchyard, and free standing Celtic cross are fascinating and moving.
Written July 20, 2022
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Martyn S
Whalley, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We decided to visit this cross and were not disappointed. The ruined church is great to wander around as it is so isolated and you have the place to yourself. The signage for the cross was most informative and you could make out the individual stories on the cross after following the provided diagram.
Written August 2, 2020
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ColDogMacK
Glasgow, UK151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The walk here from Port Ellen is well worth it and even easier on a bike!. The woods here are a contrast to the rugged shoreline at Laphroaig and Lagavulin. The chapel and cross are fascinating for work about 1,300 years old. Seems amazing that the carving still lasts. Very well maintained chapel grounds, and a homemade cake stall too! Only the coffee was missing.
Written May 23, 2023
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Francois T
Johannesburg, South Africa1,238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited as part of a day tour and our guide Dougie from Islay Private Tours was absolutely phenomenal with the information and history. Without the background and stories from the guide it would have been a very average visit. Would recommend a visit with a guide or having all the information already.
Written July 22, 2023
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Rich B
London, UK673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We decided to drive the road east from Port Ellen one windswept December afternoon, and stopped off here for a few minutes. It’s obviously a lovely, secluded spot that’s a few minutes drive from the last distillery, Ardbeg. The monolithic cross dates back to the 8th century and is apparently one of the best preserved in Scotland. So add this to the scenery and you’ve got a very pleasant place to while away a bit of time. Could be rather grim in the pouring rain though!
Written January 5, 2020
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jhcopester
Virginia Beach, VA115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Truly enjoyed our tour here provided by Islay Tours and Dougie McTaggart. So much history hear and to see such details that have survived going back 1200 years. The area is beautiful and so quiet, being in such a remote part of the island. A must see!
Written May 23, 2022
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Dot T
Keswick, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Hire a bike from Jim’s Cycles in Port Ellen and cycle approx 7.5 miles along minor roads to Kildalton church and Celtic Cross. Pass deer, seals and birds of prey. Such a peaceful ride ending in an idyllic setting. You could of course take the lazy way and travel by car.
Written September 2, 2020
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Laurence d
Sunderland, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A quiet walled ruined chapel with gravestones, some ancient, and a beautiful celtic cross with engravings on it. a history of the site is on a notice board, well worth the drive to seeit. it was about 5 or 6 miles from start of 3 distilleries walk so we decided to use the car but would have been ok by bike
Written April 22, 2024
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Alexander Woywodt
Lancaster, UK342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited this on our last morning on Islay. This is a bit out of the way beyong Laphroig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Beautiful cross and wonderful medieval graves. Also stunning stone work in the chapel showing a medieval warrior. Well worth the visit. Could do with some more information boards
Written January 27, 2024
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