Kildalton Cross



Kildalton Cross and Chapel - The high cross dating from the 9th century is astonishingly well preserved. It is set in the cemetery of the ruined Kildalton Chapel. There are also several mediaeval burial slabs within the chapel walls. This is the only surviving complete Celtic high cross in Scotland. It was carved about AD800, probably by a sculptor from Iona.  The blue gray stone cross, carved from a single slab of epidiorite rock, is impressively large and neatly decorated with Celtic motifs and stylish figures. The biblical scenes on the front include the virgin and  child, and David and the Lion, while on the back are animals and carved bosses. It does seem odd that although it has survived the elements well enough so far, it is still left outside and it is completely unprotected.