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St Colmac

(Kilmachalmaig)
Argyll and Bute

A growing little settlement in the centre of the Isle of Bute, St. Colmac (formerly Kilmachalmaig) lies to the north of the B875 road, a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Ettrick Bay and 2 miles (3 km) west of Port Bannatyne. The settlement developed around an ancient chapel dedicated to the Irish missionary St. Colman or Colmac, who lived in the 6th C. While no trace of this chapel remains, the St. Colmac Cross lies in a field at the base of Muirton Hill, and the prominent roofless shell of St. Colmac's Church is situated a short distance to the east, associated with a large cemetery. To the south of the road is the St. Colmac Burn and a peculiar earthwork known as Cnoc an Rath, which contains a burial enclosure called Lone Man's Grave.


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