"Chapel of Love & A Piece of Bruce" Kilmartin Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

Kilmartin Things to Do: 29 reviews and 120 photos

  St. Conval's Chapel
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  • St. Conval's Chapel - Kilmartin
      St. Conval's Chapel
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  • Asp & Chancel - Kilmartin
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  • Seats for the Clan Chiefs - Kilmartin
      Seats for the Clan Chiefs
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  • The Three Lights - Kilmartin
      The Three Lights
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  • Helen's Hand PaintingO - Kilmartin
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The interior of the Saint Conan's Church is simple but breathtakenly beautiful. St. Conval's Chaple contains the remains of its builders William and Helen Campbell. Text carved round the walls reads "The Lord spake saying, let them make me a sancturary that I may live amongst them" a fitting tribute beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. A double row of dark carved stalls line the chancel, carved from Spanish Walnut, they show the coat of arms, crests and badges of the Clan Chiefs who long before the Church was built held land in this area. The semi circular Asp surrounds the chancel, the clear glass windows receives the full blast of daylight with the mountains as a back drop. This part of the Church is said to be copied from St. John's Chapel in the Tower of London which is very dark. The Bruce Chapel commemorates Robert the Bruce's victory at the Pass of Brander. Underneath the efigy of the King the casket contains a fragment of bone taken from Dunfermline Abbey. The stained glass windows are a sight to behold, the three light McCorquondale window is stunning. The other window which held my interest was of the Angel designed and painted by Helen Campbell. Inside the door of the Church they have placed a visitors book, no one was there when we visited. They have postcards for sale and a little guide book as well as the donation boxes, all is just left to trust - a good conclusion on Church life here at Loch Awe.

Address: Loch Awe
Directions: On the main road through the village of Loch Awe

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2008
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