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Historic Kilbride


by Oban

Just south of Oban, in Lerags, stands Historic Kilbride. If these hills and stones could speak, they would tell the story of Argyll, from the Bronze Age to the Druid Age, from the Reformation to the Jacobite Uprising, from the birth of modern Scotland to the birth of the British Empire. Columban missionaries dedicated the original church to St Bridget around the 6th century. Our first reference to it is in a 1249 document ordered by King Alexander II during a political row with Clan MacDougall, and it is the final resting place for the chiefs of this ancient clan. Today, visitors can explore the 18th century church and session house, as well as more than 300 gravestones, interpreted throughout the site. Kilbride offers peace and tranquillity, while providing a rich understanding of Scottish history, as told through the eyes of one community, much older than Oban, over thousands of years.

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