This lovely ruined church sits nestled in a valley at the southern end of the Isle of Bute and boasts views that stretch as far as the Isle of Arran and the Holy Isle.
The remarkably well preserved ruins of St Blane’s Chapel are found at the southern tip of the Isle of Bute in a sheltered dell located near the top of a south facing slope. It is accessed via a signposted track that lead from a parking area located at the end of a public road two miles south of Kingarth. The remains of St Blane’s Chapel are surprisingly extensive the nave and part of the chancel dating back to the 1200s. The churchyards contain a number of weathered grave slabs including a distinctive hogsback gravestone from the time when Bute was part of the Norse Empire. The remains of a well and the foundations of a manse which was in use until 1587 can also be seen. There has been a religious site here since the 500s when St Catan established a monastery which was eventually abandoned in the wake of viking raids. At one time St Blane’s served the whole of the Isle of Bute but it fell into disuse following the Protestant Reformation.
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