The Valliscaulian priory of Ardchattan on the shore of Loch Etive in Argyll
Ardchattan Priory was built in 1230 by Duncan MacDougall of Lorne, around 10 years after the construction of his castle at Dunstaffnage. The Priory was established for monks of the Valliscaulian order from Burgundy.
Monastic life ended here following the reformation of 1560. It was badly damaged in 1654 by Oliver Cromwell’s troops who were garrisoned nearby at Dunstaffnage Castle.
The Priory houses a very nice collection of carved stones dating from the 15-16th centuries although one dates as far back as the 10th century.
King Robert the Bruce is said to have held council at Ardchattan during a military campaign in Argyll, possibly holding the last ever Scottish Parliament to be conducted in Gaelic.
Some accounts say that Bruce had the Priory yew trees cut down to make longbows, some of which were to be used at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Property: Historic Environment Scotland
Address: Ardchattan, Argyll, PA37 1RQ
Open: All Year
Grid reference: NM 971 349
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