Killean & Kilchenzie Parish Church

Also Known As:
A'Chleit Church, Cleit Church
Church of Scotland
OS Reference:
A'Chleit, Muasdale, Tarbert, PA29 6XD
Local Authority:
Argyll & Bute

Directions to your Church

A83, 1 mile north of Muasdale, Kintyre. Parking at church. Bus stops on request.

Location of Church

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Church Overview

The church, probably built 1787-91 by Thomas Cairns, is set on a promontory out to sea (a so-called 'dyke' of volcanic rock). It replaced Killean Church which had fallen into disrepair around 1760. The exterior is white harled with round arched windows. A belfry added 1879 by Robert Weir. The pulpit, in the long west wall, is a First World War Memorial with Celtic style carving and faces a large laird's loft, which has its own separate entrance. Beside the pulpit is a marble monument of 1818 to Col. Norman Macalister who donated to the poor of the parish. The north gallery was converted into meeting rooms and storage in the early 1970s. The current Church Hall was built 1891 as the local school with the adjacent dwelling as the School House.


Sunday: 11.30am

Opening Arrangements

Open daily

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From behind the former United Free ChurchBehind the garden, behind the wall...Cleit Church from the beachCleit Church close-up

Linked Churches

Kilcalmonell Parish Church


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