Scheduled Monument

St Moluag's Church,Kilmaluag BaySM5569

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Ecclesiastical: church
Local Authority
NG 43575 74924
143575, 874924


The monument consists of the remains of a church called St Moluag's (Kilmaluag).

All that remains upstanding of this rectangular-plan church is the W gable constructed in random rubble of irregular sizes. It measures 6.4m N-S by 0.9m thick and approximately 5.5m high and is surmounted by a stone pinnacle, the other walls have been removed and now survive as turf-covered stone footings (0.9m thick and 0.8m in maximum height) measuring 14m E-W by 8m N-S overall.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, including the area within the church and extending 2m outwith the wall footings, measuring a maximum of 18m E-W by 12m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as an example of a medieval church dedicated to St Moluag. Notice of it occurs in 1507 when its rector is recorded. Its importance is increased by the probability that it overlies an earlier building of the Celtic Church referred to in the original dedication. In addition it provides evidence, and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation, for ecclesiastical architecture, material culture, church history and parish organisation during the middle ages in Western Scotland.



RCAHMS records the monument as NG47SW 2.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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