Silent Sunday…… So Off to Church


St Dubhthach’s Church, Kintail, Scottish Highlands

This lonely ruin is located in the most lovely of Highland settings.  At the foot of Glen Shiel above Loch Duich were the Strath Croe flows down from Kintail into the Loch.

I am told the original church was dedicated to a little know Saint…. St. Duthae of Dubbthach thought to have died circa 1065ad.

Today this looks a tranquil place, but in the early 1700’s it was right in the middle of the Jacobite fighting in the area, notably the Battle of Glen Shiel of 1719.  The church was then used as a makeshift Field Hospital to treat the wounded. Following these hostilities the church was burnt down.  Later repaired in 1836 and rebuilt 1856. but soon fell again into disrepair.

It has through the centuries been the Clan Burial Ground for the Chiefs of the Clan Macrae.  

St Dubhthach’s Church may well be a ruin but still a place to explore and enjoy some peace from the world around.  It is also little known, yet sits on a small hill just above the busy A87, a road  travelled by thousands each year as they trundle along on ‘The Road to the Isles’.…. Isle of Skye of course. There isn’t a better place to pause on their journey.

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th March

(C) David Oakes 2020


Silent Sunday……. So Off to Church


The Shrine to Miss Dolores de Ybarguen.

This Shine can be found high above the now long gone Errwood Hall on the Cheshire Derbyshire border.

It is a strange and sad story as to why there is a Shrine to a Lady from an Spanish Aristocratic family so far from her home.  Miss Dolores was in fact the Governess to the children of the Grimshawe Family who lived in Errwood Hall.  Dolores also acted as Teacher to the local Estate School.

Sadly she died in her 40’s, not at Errwood, whilst on a Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

It is testament to the high regard with which the Family had for their Governess that they arranged for this Shrine to be erect to her memory. It was erected in 1889.  The house is now only a ruin, the estate a country park in the Peak District, but the Shrine is still maintained to this day.

The Shrine is always open and still regularly visited, a place for peaceful, private contemplation…..

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2020




Silent Sunday….. Off to Church – A Historical Reflection


Saint Lawrence….The Parish Church of Eyam, Derbyshire

With Coronavirus creating concern across the world.  With self Isolation and restrictions on movements and contact being advised, and in some location enforced, I thought I would reflect on actions taken many centuries ago here in the small Derbyshire Village of Eyam.

It is not a new post,  one from October 2016…. The first part is about this church the second is about the Plague and how this village coped…. poignant and maybe an appropriate reflection of March 2020.

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8th March

(C) David Oakes 2010