"Look up at the upturned boat" West Tarbert Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

West Tarbert Things to Do: 6 reviews and 24 photos

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In an area swamped by lochs and sea a lot of the Churches and Cathedrals features their ceilings in the form of an upturned boat. The Church interior surprised me with its modern furniture in the chancel. Here we see a very plain communion table and three seats for the minister and two elders, along with the baptismal font and pulpit.There are still a lot of old touches here - the stair case to the upper balcony hasn't changed nor have the low, uncomfortable pews. Talking about the pews, there is seating for 400 people which includes the balcony all numbered - more a kin to a theatre than a church! The records from the early days speak of the seating in regard to 40 seats set aside for 'strange' fishermen and the poor. The 'strange' referred to visiting fishermen and the poor could not afford the yearly let of a seat - both were seated in the gallery. The Church has an open door policy which means if you want to worship here you are most welcome - if there had been one soul here I would have liked to ask - Why the red paint?

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2009
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