Thursday, 31 October 2013

Bute: part two

After traversing about three quarters of the path, you reach St Blane's. The earliest parts of St Blane's Church date from the 12th century, with some 14th century additions. Like many Christian sites, however, there is activity going back earlier than the current building. There was probably a monastery here, possibly from the 6th to 8th centuries. For awhile, St Blane's Church was the parish church for the entire island.

Approaching St Blane's

The well!  Yay! I took lots of pictures of it, but I won't put them all up here.

A fairy tree - made me think of my sisters Morag & Beccah.

The 12th century doorway looking into the 14th century bit.

The upper burial ground. Believed to be reserved for members of the clergy and men. 

A hogback stone! Squee!

A lovely medieval stone in the lower churchyard (the lower churyard was for women). 

Look at this lovely cross!

The other side.


  1. I love these ancient churches!! Such a beautiful place!! I think I need to go there, too!!!! So many places, so little time!!!
    Exciting to find a hogback stone there! Did you know about it before you went?

  2. What a beautiful set of photos! I love visiting churches.