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Kirkmadrine Church & Stones

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Kirkmadrine Church & Stones are 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 400s.

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 Old Church.

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 Chi-Rho Cross.

The oldest Stone on the left has inscriptions in Latin commemorating two priests - Viventius and Mavorius.

The large Memorial Cross next to the Church is for John McTaggart that died in 1810.

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