St Michael's Chapel

The ruin of an ancient chapel surrounded by a graveyard and round wall at Kilmichael in the NW of the Isle of Bute, St Michael's occupies a spectacular setting on a headland overlooking the Kyles of Bute, Kames and Tighnabruaich. Perhaps dating from the Early Christian period, this little rectangular building features thick walls, which still stand around 2m (6½ feet) in height. Inside is a rough slab which was once the altar, with a recess to the right which may be an ambry, for the storage of sacred vessels.

Bodies were mostly brought across from Kames for burial in the graveyard, the last taking place in 1927.

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