Kiel Parish, Morvern, Scotland

On the western coast of Scotland lies a small hillside parish; the fourteenth century home of Lady Esa.

All photography by Rachel Scott

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Walking the mountain path from the Loch Aline dock where the boat brought us to Morvern, up to the Kiel Church.  Ruins of the forebearers of Lady Esa’s clan against a cloudy sky. 
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Sound of Linnhe, the view from Morvern

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I made it! What a hike!  No doubt much like fourteenth century Esa’s experience, there was a situation of “you can’t get there from here” happening on the western coast.  No roads go to Morvern, so one must travel to the mainland coast via Island hopping ferry.  Travelers may venture to Loch Aline two days out of the week IF the weather is favorable.  Winds change on the Sound?  Looks like you’re camping there a few days until the ferry comes back! 
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Towards the end of the roughly four mile uphill walk, we crest the hill to see Kiel Church.  A modern building sits on the site of the ancient one.  

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The Kiel Parish graveyard is extensive, and houses remains of the Clan that stretch back to the interred King of Dalriada who traveled here with Saint Columba, made famous for founding the Iona Abbey.  Grave markers go back to 500AD, many more older graves are stone mounds on the grounds, and the pre-Christian burial markers reside in an adjacent building.  The parish secretary was lovely, and offered to leave that building unlocked for me so that I could see their collection of “old rocks”  (pictish grave markers and standing stones from the graveyard) 
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Lady Esa’s clan in their modern representation on the door of the church

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Along with pre-Christian stones, the particularly impressive Medieval grave markers have been moved inside.  A few favorites from their “old stone” collection

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Exploring the Graveyard

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Follow me to the tombs of the Kings…..

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Views of Morvern

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