Kildalton Cross, Islay, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the ancient High Cross of Kildalton which is situated in the grounds of the now defunct ( and part ruined)  Old Parish Church of Kildalton which is located in the S.E. corner of the island of Islay and accessed via a single track road.

This cross dates from the latter part of the 8th century. It is considered as one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland. Despite being heavily weathered, the hard rock of which the cross was made still shows discernible carvings of religious and Bible scenes, mainly from the Old Testament.

The cross is 2.54 metres high with the arms extending to 1.32 metres.

The prefix kil probably indicates an early Christian site with second element derived from the name of an early saint.

This historic site forms an important part of Islay’s heritage and is deserving of a visit.

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