Kirkmadrine Church & Stones are situated about
2 miles southwest of Sandhead village in Dumfries and Galloway,
14 miles north of the Mull of Galloway, furthest south
point in Scotland.
These two attractions are often visited one after
the other, as they are on the same road.
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The road to the church is follow the main A716
road 1 mile south of Sandhead, turn right at the
church sign onto a single lane road, after one mile
park next to the church gates there is then a 300
yard walk up a tree lined path to the church.
The building seen today was built in the late
1800s as mortuary chapel for the MacTaggart Stewart's
of Ardwell. The chapel was built on the site of the
much earlier Kirkmadrine Church, and there may have
been a monastery here from as far back as the
There are a number of stones on display at the
west end of the church behind glass. These were
discovered in the early 1800s around the ruins of the
These stones date from the 400s to 1100s AD. Three
of the stones are among the oldest Christian
monuments in Scotland, with the rare symbol of a
The oldest stone on the left has inscriptions in
Latin commemorating two priests - Viventius and
The large memorial cross next to the church is for
John McTaggart that died in 1810.