Thousands of pounds needed to save Historic Kilbride

Kilbride Kirk and the MacDougall Memorial Aisle on the right.

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A crowdfunding appeal is under way to fund urgent preservation work at Historic Kilbride on the outskirts of Oban.

Kilbride includes the ruins of a 13th-century church, Clan MacDougall’s memorial aisle and an extensive graveyard dating back many centuries but desperately needs more funds to keep it safe and open to visitors from near and far.

Volunteers have contributed more than £25,000 and thousands of work hours to date, achieving Historic Environment Scotland Schedule Monument status for the site in June 2019, but there is now an urgent need to stabilise the west gable of the church at a cost £16,000.

‘Without this work, the masonry is at risk of collapsing, risking our conservation efforts and making part of the site unavailable to visitors,’ says Myra Griffin who has started a Gofundme page at gofundme.com/f/preserving-historic-kilbride

Historic Kilbride records the story of this part of Scotland, from at least the arrival of Christianity to recent times, and, in addition to Clan MacDougall, many Scottish clans are associated with it, including Campbell, Livingston, McIntyre and more.

The site was abandoned for decades and fell into a ruinous state, until a local group decided its past was too rich to have no future and formed the Friends of Kilbride charity.