Tain

The Links,
Tain,
Highlands,
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About St. Duthus’s Chapel – The Ruin on the Links

Tain is unusual in Scotland for the rare distinction of having upstanding remains of three medieval kirks or chapels. Each one owes its existence to the respect, amounting to veneration, in which men and women of previous times held.

St Duthac. St. Duthus's Chapel, The ruin on the links is thought to have been where St Duthac was born. It is a long narrow structure, measuring internally 43 feet by 13 feet 6 inches and was probably the original parish kirk.

It is typical of small Scottish kirks of any date between 1150 and 1560; a single room, undivided except perhaps by a timber screen, with small windows - none on the north side which was exposed to the force of the sea - a single door on the south side, and a broken stone bracket in the east wall for the statue of the saint.

If this was the home of the hermit of Tain to whom James IV gave alms it was probably ruinous and disused early in the 16th century.

Find out more about The Collegiate Church and the ruins next to the Collegiate Church.