There are few places in Scotland where there is a stronger sense of a link with Christian worship of nearly a millennium ago. The 12th century chancel and apse has elaborate decoration of two tiers of blind round-headed arcading and carved wallhead corbels and is of outstanding architectural interest. Original masons’ marks and carving can be found. The distinctive octagonal belltower was added in the 18th century and the nave was altered in 1858 by John Milne.
The lively architecture of the exterior contrasts with the peaceful interior. The Norman chancel and apse are beautiful in their simplicity. The chancel arch is decorated with chevron and chequerboard carving typical of its date. The furnishings are of the early 20th century. St Athernase is thought to be St Ethernesc, an associate of St Columba.
Sunday: 11.00 am and 9.30 am every week in the Burnside Hall, Balmullo except the first Sunday of the month.
Open daily in British Summer Time, in winter by arrangement. Coffee available in Coach House every Tuesday 10am – 4pm.
Guides on duty on Tuesday in July and August or by arrangement.
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