This year’s North Bute Literary Society summer outing took the intrepid travellers to beautiful Kilmun, on the banks of Loch Long, where we were fed and watered (tea coffee and home baking) and entranced by the enthusiasm and expertise of our two guides, writes Jennifer Sutcliffe.
We were shown the restored Church of Scotland (St Munn’s), given its history, dating from celtic times, and were able to see for ourselves the exquisite stained glass windows by that master craftsman Stephen Adam. This church is in weekly use, and houses a fine organ which is the last remaining in the west of Scotland whose bellows are primed by an hydraulic pump. This organ was installed in Kilmun in 1909, as the latest means for blowing organs in a church without mains gas or electricity. In the kirkyard, a grave of interest was that of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first lady doctor of modern times.
The mausoleum is separate from the church, and is the last resting place of the Dukes of Argyll, and their wives, ending in 1949 with the 10th Duke Niall Diarmid.
Of particular interest was the domed iron roof to this building, constructed in 1890 by the shipbuilder of the Clyde.
We rounded off our visit with a trip to nearby Benmore gardens to feast on flora, fauna and more mundane food and drink.
We look forward to meeting old and new members at our new venue of Ardbeg Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 6