Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Oratory at St Columba’s Church, Kilneuair

A fairly spontaneous decision to explore the ‘Muir of Leckan‘, the hills between Loch Awe and Loch Fyne.

Hidden in a bluebell-carpeted copse of trees is the old Church of St Columba at Kilneuair1Canmore.org.uk. (2022). Kilneuair, St Columba’s Church And Churchyard | Canmore. [online] Available at: https://canmore.org.uk/site/22788/kilneuair-st-columbas-church-and-churchyard [Accessed 20 May 2022]..

Separate to the church is a square oratory, a private chapel, probably 18th century, although  it is described as a ‘folly’. The small triangular windows are very curious2Canmore.org.uk. (2022). Kilneuair, St Columba’s Church And Churchyard, Oratory | Canmore. [online] Available at: https://canmore.org.uk/site/233780/kilneuair-st-columbas-church-and-churchyard-oratory [Accessed 20 May 2022]..

The ruinous, roofless church contains some interesting lichen covered gravestones and this font.
The Muir of Leckan — the track in the centre is an ancient drove road used to drive cattle from the islands to the low land markets. Loch Awe is in the distance and Kilneuair church is the clump of trees centre.







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