Kilarow Parish Church is a rare round church commenced in 1767. Daniel Campbell the Younger brought Thomas Spalding to Islay for the specific purpose of building the church which was completed in 1769 and is therefore, in Islay, the oldest church building in which public worship takes place on a weekly basis. The Round Church is 18.2 metres in diameter and the walls are 0.85 metres thick. The main central pillar is 0.48 metres diameter at the base and is of timber, harled and plastered. The gallery of the church, which is 'U' shaped in plan, was added c.1830 and in some ways defeats the concept behind the original circular design whereby 'there were no corners in the church in which the Devil could hide.' The Round Church is open daily and well worth a visit.

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Founded: 1767
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Ruary Laidlaw (23 months ago)
A unique and well looked after church. The inside showed the structure off really well.
Maurizio Pigozzo (2 years ago)
Tipica chiesa di una tipica cittadina di pescatori scozzesi.. Pace, tranquillità e tanto verde.
Joe Roche (2 years ago)
Very interesting building sitting high above the Village of Bowmore with commanding view down the main street to the Harbour.
Jochn Visentin (3 years ago)
Strana chiesa rotonda
Joe Dudek (4 years ago)
I feel silly writing a review for a church, but this particular church and its parishioners are certainly worth writing about! I visited the Round Church on Christmas Day 2015. The view is stunning. The church itself is something to behold. The people, I must mention, are exquisitely friendly and welcoming. I felt at home joining the local parishioners for tea after the service was over. Bear in mind, I'm not a particularly religious person; I just wanted to experience going to church in Scotland on Christmas day! If you happen to be on the island for the weekend, stop by on Sunday. You won't regret it!
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