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<b>Kilchriosd</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (16.3.2011)
Also known as:
  • Cil Chriosd
  • Cill Chriosd

Nearest Town:Kyle of Lochalsh (16km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NG616207 / Sheet: 32
Latitude:57° 12' 53.62" N
Longitude:   5° 56' 55.96" W

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Visited 30.7.13

Travelling north along the A87 you come to Broadford. Take the turn off (left) for the B8083. Drive past An Sithean Chambered Cairn (after stopping for a look of course) and continue along the B8083. after a couple of miles you will come to a ruined church on your right.
There is plenty of room to park.

I couldn’t make out anything that looked definitely like a ruined stone circle.
There were lots of stones sticking up out of the grass but what was natural and what (if any) were from a stone circle I have no idea.

The ruined church is very picturesque and several cars stopped while we were there. It has many interesting grave stones and myself, Sophie and Dafydd spent quite a time exploring.

Although I couldn’t recommend a visit to the stone circle I can certainly recommend a visit to the church.
Posted by CARL
23rd August 2013ce

We came this way on 16.3.2011, after visiting the nearby cairn at An Sithean. Sadly I didn't realise there was a circle near here, but there is a churchyard with potentially pre-Christian origins and a loch that used to be home to a people-eating monster.

The church, ruined itself, is perched on a long oval mound. At the eastern end of the churchyard is a circular ring of rubble, very much like a cairn. It continues beyond (and maybe predates) the churchyard wall.

A windy spot on a sunny day, we search in vain for a sheltered lunch spot. The sun and wind were coming from the same direction making for an either/or scenario. Not to worry though, the views are fantastic and make up for a bit of chill.

The nearby loch is calm and any monsters remain beneath the surface.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th March 2011ce
Edited 27th March 2011ce


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"Not far from Aant Sithe the road passes the old churchyard and ruined church of Kilchriosd. Standing on a small mound by the roadside... this ancient graveyard is certainly older than the church itself and possibly older even than the stone circle near by. Most Skye burial-grounds are very old, partly perhaps because people have died since time immemorial and the number of suitable sites for a graveyard in Skye are strictly limited, but perhaps also because St. Columba never broke old customs and we, as a people, are very conservative... About half a mile beyond the ruins of Kilchriosd lies Loch Cil Chriosd. This loch seems to have been held in more than ordinary veneration from the earliest times. Near it, and not far from the road, a stone circle can still be seen, by no means so well preserved as those in the Lews but undoubtedly a circle, and traditionally a prehistoric 'temple'. Close to this circle is the site of the very early and tiny church of Kilcro, Church (or Cell) of the Circle, supposed to have been built on a site chosen by St. Columba himself and first occupied by the cell of one of his followers. Near it is an ancient graveyard and here two very old and curious stones were once to be seen; one was said to bear a striking resemblance to a heathen or pagan idol or Cromcreaich.

Once, Loch Cil Chriosd was haunted by a terrible monster (perhaps the pagan god Lugh himself?), which laid waste the land round about and carried off and devoured women and children. At last the creature was slain by St. Maelrhuba blessing the waters, ever since when the water of that loch has had certain virtues and healing powers. But some have believed that Loch Cil Chriosd was (or sprang from) that cursed stream 'beyond Drum Albyn in the countyr of the Picts' mentioned in Adamnan's Life of St. Columba. This spring, 'which senseless men, the Druids blinding their understanding, worshipped as a god', was believed to have the power to cause leprosy, blindness or intense weakness in those washed its water or drank it. The evil spirit in the water was propitiated by many sacrifices until St. Columba came to the loch side and, knowing its evil reputation, blessed the water and then both drank from it and washed. Adamnan states that a company of Druids stood by overjoyed, eagerly waiting for the god to show his powers. But the saint took no harm and since his blessing the waters have been pure and good for all men."

- Otta F. Swire, Skye: The Island and its Legends, 1961, pp. 219-21.

The OS map has a somewhat enigmatic "rocking stone" at NG617203.
TomBo Posted by TomBo
28th June 2004ce