Plague, Priests and Pirates – Islay’s intriguing past

The standing stone by Cill Tobar Lasrach, Islay

The standing stone by Cill Tobar Lasrach, Islay

From Port Ellen on the south of Islay to Kildalton, five miles to the east, lies a wealth of archaeological and historic sites, all of which add to the rich story of this beautiful island.  Ancient place names, standing stones, early Christian ruins, a battle-scarred castle, deserted villages, shipwrecks, the tragedy of the plague village of Solam, beautiful and weathered medieval crosses – all speak silently and potently of the lives of those who lived here in days gone by.  It’s an area of the island that I know well and have written about in Scottish Islands ExplorerI would recommend a visit to everyone.

Plague, Priests and Pirates: Islay’s intriguing Past

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