Monday, November 17 2014
If there is one place on Islay where one can have mixed feelings about it's probably Kilnave Chapel. For me there is no place more tranquil and mystical on a beautiful Islay day than this one. The only sounds you hear on a beautiful calm day when you walk around the burial grounds are the gentle waves on the rocks below and the birds in the fields and on the sea shore. The views from this magical place are just stunning. It's a peaceful haven in a fabulous location. However, this is also the place of a terrible tragedy. During the last clan battle on Islay, the Battle of Traigh Gruinart in 1598, 30 men from Clan MacLean tried to find sanctuary inside this chapel but their opponent, Clan MacDonald, were mad with grief and anger because they thought that their chief had been killed in the battle, and lusting for vengeance they set fire to the roof of the chapel killing all 30 men but one. Below are some views of Kilnave Chapel and Cross taken on a beautiful and very peaceful November morning.
The track towards Kilnave Chapel
Kilnave Chapel and Cross
The chapel and the burial grounds
View over Loch Gruinart