Our last day on Islay. Due to the ferry changes we weren’t catching the ferry until 3.30pm instead of lunchtime. We decided to revisit the beach at Kilnaughton bay. Last time we had visited we spotted a church in the rock so we went to investigate.
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We got back in the car and headed further round the bay to Kilnaughton chapel and graveyard. It is also known as St Nechtan’s Chapel, Cill Neachdain or Mechtan’s Church and was dedicated to St Nechtan. What we saw was a roofless oblong stone building, which was probably built in the 1400s. The simple shape of the chapel is given added interest by the later addition of two stone burial enclosures against its north wall. Source – Kilnaughton Chapel.
The burial ground at Kilnaughton is fascinating in its own right. There are many recumbent grave slabs whose inscriptions or carvings are no longer visible, but which appear to date back to the early centuries of the chapel’s life.
We headed north towards Port Askaig. I thought that Bunnahabhain Distillery had a café so we thought we would have a quick stop there. I was wrong but on the positive Terry did get to taste the whisky! It was worth drive out to the distillery for the views over to Jura.
No coffee and cake on this detour so we headed back towards Port Arsaig. On the road we spotted a pottery shop which was also a café. A quick stop for coffee and scone in the sunshine, then a drive to the port for the ferry home. The end of a wonderful weekend away. We’ll be back – still have distilleries to visit plus lots more to discover.