The Round Church in Bowmore, Islay

'Chan fhaighear an-dè air ais an-diugh'
You can’t today recall yesterday

 

The main street of Bowmore runs from the harbour to the famous " Round Church " at the top of the hill, built in 1767 at the request of Daniel Campbell, the principal Laird of Islay. The octagonal tower and stone cupola fit well in to the traditions of 18th century Scottish civic architecture. A folksy explanation of the round shape is that it was built that way so there would be no corners for the devil to hide in. The Round Church is a beautiful building, very striking and something of an architectural gem.

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