Isle of Bute, Scotland

St. Blane's Chapel, Isle of Bute, Scotland

This tiny ruined chapel at the southern end of the Isle of Bute is one of Scotland's earliest places of Christian worship, although the remains that stand today are mostly Norman in origin. The Western Isles plus the islands in the Firth of Clyde were the first places where Christian missionaries arrived from Ireland and they set up a number of communities (most famously that of St. Columba on Iona).

St. Blane's was a fairly minor player in this early Christian scene and fell into ruin sometime in the medieval period. Today the atmospheric ruins stand near a remote farm overlooking a wonderful view across the water towards distant Arran.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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