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The Church at Kilbride: A past too rich to have no future

Welcome to the website of Friends of Historic Kilbride in Argyll, Scotland

On 14 June 2019, Kilbride churchyard, including the church, graves, and MacDougall Memorial Aisle received Scheduled Monument Status.  

Located three miles south of Oban in Lerags, Historic Kilbride has played an important part in Scotland’s history and is connected to figures such as Robert Bruce, Alexander II and the Clan MacDougall. In 1249 Alexander II “granted the see of Argyll the Parish Church of St Bride the Virgin in Lorn”. There are some 319 known graves at Kilbride, dating from as far back as the 13th century to the present day. But its history goes much deeper…

For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years this has been a special place for prayer, contemplation and gathering, and Kilbride Kirk continues to play an important part in the community. Burials still take occasionally place in the graveyard, but this serene and sacred space also plays host to joyous congregations, such as weddings, historic re-enactments and family gatherings. Kilbride was abandoned in the 19th century and left to ruin, but since 2000, a small, but plucky, group of volunteers have donated time, money and labour to rescue this important historic site.

Won’t you join us in saving this precious piece of Scotland’s history from oblivion?

This Summer Wander Argyll is showcasing the rich culture, heritage and arts activity along the NCR75 & NCR78 from Dunoon to Portavadie, Tarbert onto Port Appin. This route captures only a snapshot of the unique collection of skills and activity in Argyll and Historic Kilbride is proud to be a featured stop. Find out more in this short video…

Survey: Have an opinion about Kilbride? Please take a few moments to help! 

Friends of Kilbride’s goal is to reveal the wealth of historical importance contained within this historic site for the education and interest of visitors, including tourists, local people, genealogists, archaeologists and historians.   Once preserved so that visitors may access it safely, we plan to provide an unrivalled visitor experience through the use of multi-media mobile apps, personal guides and illustrated boards.

We are conducting a brief survey on Survey Monkey to gauge the potential interest from the public in visiting such a site.   We also want to find out what your expectations would be if you were to visit Kilbride. It would help us greatly if you could spare a few minutes to take the survey by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your time!




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